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UO men follow football's lead.

Byline: The Register-Guard

For anyone needing further proof that this has been one of the most successful sports seasons in University of Oregon history, the Duck men's basketball team finished tied for sixth in the final USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll released Tuesday.

The No. 6 ranking was the best ever for the men's team, which was rated 11th in The Associated Press and coaches polls prior to the NCAA Tournament. At the end of the Pac-10 Conference season, the Ducks were ranked ninth in both polls.

Prior to this season, Oregon's best ranking was eighth in the AP poll during the regular season in 1975. According to the university's sports information department, the Ducks had never been ranked in a final men's basketball poll.

The basketball success follows the Duck football team's climb to No. 2 in the final AP and coaches' polls this season. Oregon's previous best rankings in football were seventh in the AP poll and ninth in the coaches' poll after the 2000 season.

Oregon was one of three schools to be ranked in the top 10 of the final men's basketball and football coaches polls, the others being basketball national champion Maryland and Final Four participant Oklahoma.

With its No. 2 ranking in football and No. 6 in basketball, Oregon would finish with eight points in a combined ranking. Oklahoma, ranked fourth in basketball and sixth in football, would finish with 10 points, and Maryland would finish with 11 points after ranking 10th in football.

SUCCESS IN THE POLLS

How the University of Oregon finished in the final USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls this year.

FOOTBALL MEN'S BASKETBALL

1. Miami 1. Maryland

2. OREGON 2. Kansas

3. Florida 3. Indiana

4. Tennessee 4. Oklahoma

5. Texas 5. Duke

6. Oklahoma 6. (tie) OREGON

7. Nebraska 6. (tie) Connecticut

8. LSU 8. Cincinnati

9. Colorado 9. Pittsburgh

10. Maryland 10. Arizona

11. Washington State 11. Illinois

12. Illinois 12. Kent State

13. South Carolina 13. Kentucky

14. Syracuse 14. Alabama

15. Florida State 15. Missouri

16. Louisville 16. Gonzaga

17. Stanford 17. Ohio State

18. Virginia Tech 18. (tie) Marquette

19. Washington 18. (tie) Texas

20. Michigan 20. UCLA

21. Marshall 21. Mississippi State

22. Toledo 22. Southern Illinois

23. Boston College 23. Florida

24. Brigham Young 24. Xavier

25. Georgia 25. N. C. State

- The Register-Guard
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Date:Apr 3, 2002
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