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Saturday, April 15, 2006 | Men's Basketball
Two Valley Men's Basketball Teams Ranked in Final Top-25 Poll
The national ranking is the first at any point of a season for Bradley since the final poll of the 1987-88 season when the Braves finished No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 12 in what was then the UPI Coaches Poll. The 2005-06 season now is the 14th in which Bradley has been ranked in the final poll of the year.
The ranking is also the first top-25 ranking for Wichita State since the 1983-84 season. WSU was last ranked No. 14 by AP on Dec. 5, 1983, before losing at Pepperdine Dec. 8, and at Oregon, Dec. 10, 1983. WSU had received votes in seven of the 18 weeks of the Top 25 this season, with the most recent a No. 34 ranking in the AP poll, and a No. 35 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN poll prior to the NCAA Tournament. The highest WSU had been was 28th in the AP poll in Week 15, and 32nd in the USA Today/ESPN Poll.
Bradley and Wichita State join UNI as Valley teams that were in the Top 25 at some point during the 2005-06 season. No Valley team was ranked in the final Associated Press poll, which is conducted prior to the NCAA Tournament. The last time two league teams represented the conference in the final top-25 coaches poll was in 1974-75 when Louisville (No. 3) and New Mexico State (No. 18) were in the final UPI top-25 ledger.
The last time the Missouri Valley Conference had three different teams represented in a top-25 poll (Associated Press -- The Valley does not have week-by-week rankings of the previous coaches polls -- during the same year was in 1982-83 when Illinois State, Tulsa, and Wichita State all spent time in the top-25 AP poll.