David Cloninger

USC men receive votes; Thornwell and Wilson honored

South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) drives the ball to the basket between Iowa State forward Jameel McKay (1) and forward Dustin Hogue (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Barclays Center on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 in New York. South Carolina won 64-60.
South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) drives the ball to the basket between Iowa State forward Jameel McKay (1) and forward Dustin Hogue (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Barclays Center on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 in New York. South Carolina won 64-60. AP

South Carolina keeps arriving.

After a monumental upset of No. 9 Iowa State on Saturday drew raves and compliments from national media pundits, more accolades followed on Monday. The Associated Press had 16 votes for the Gamecocks in the newest Top 25, USC’s first appearance in the poll since 2009.

The Gamecocks’ tally didn’t get them in the actual Top 25 but their rank is approximately 35th in the country. It’s the first time they’ve received votes since 2009, Darrin Horn’s first year as coach. USC received votes a couple of times that season but never cracked the Top 25, despite winning 21 games and the SEC East co-championship.

The Gamecocks have not been in the Top 25 since the final poll of the 2003-04 season, when they finished 23rd after a 23-11 season. Under coach Dave Odom, that season was the last time USC made the NCAA tournament.

USC (9-3) hosts Florida to open its SEC schedule at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The Gamecocks will then travel to Ole Miss for a Saturday tip.

AP TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 4, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Kentucky (64) 13-0 1,600 1

2. Duke 13-0 1,535 2

3. Virginia 13-0 1,446 3

4. Wisconsin 14-1 1,397 4

5. Louisville 13-1 1,322 5

6. Gonzaga 14-1 1,275 7

7. Arizona 13-1 1,260 8

8. Villanova 13-1 1,089 6

9. Utah 12-2 1,059 10

10. Texas 12-2 976 11

11. Maryland 14-1 966 12

12. Kansas 11-2 884 13

13. Notre Dame 14-1 775 14

14. West Virginia 13-1 712 17

15. Wichita State 12-2 686 16

16. Oklahoma 10-3 674 18

17. Iowa State 10-2 663 9

18. North Carolina 11-3 591 19

19. Seton Hall 12-2 448 —

20. VCU 11-3 311 —

21. Baylor 11-2 186 22

22. Ohio State 12-3 184 20

23. Arkansas 11-2 103 —

24. St. John's 11-3 92 15

25. Old Dominion 12-1 80 —

Others receiving votes: Northern Iowa 72, Iowa 63, Butler 53, LSU 50, George Washington 39, TCU 33, Temple 33, Colorado State 31, Stanford 29, South Carolina 16, Washington 13, Wyoming 11, Indiana 9, Oklahoma State 9, Georgetown 7, Cincinnati 6, Dayton 5, BYU 3, Xavier 2, Davidson 1, Hofstra 1

Women remain No. 1: As expected, the USC women’s team remained No. 1 for the seventh straight week after winning its first two SEC games of the season. The Gamecocks (14-0, 2-0 SEC) are on a program-best 14-game winning streak and head to Alabama on Thursday.They return to Columbia for an early-season test of conference supremacy on Sunday, when No. 10 Kentucky visits.

AP WOMEN’S TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 4, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. South Carolina (24) 14-0 864 1


2. UConn (7) 12-1 836 2

3. Texas (4) 12-0 815 3

4. Notre Dame 14-1 766 4

5. Baylor 12-1 709 6

6. Louisville 14-1 666 7

7. Tennessee 11-2 652 8

8. North Carolina 14-1 613 9

9. Texas A&M 14-2 595 5

10. Kentucky 13-2 546 11

11. Oregon State 11-1 509 13

12. Maryland 11-2 499 14

13. Duke 10-4 489 10

14. Mississippi State 17-0 431 17

15. Stanford 9-4 405 15

16. Oklahoma State 10-2 289 18

17. Iowa 11-2 274 20

18. Arizona State 12-1 255 22

19. Nebraska 10-3 217 12

20. Georgia 13-2 204 19

21. Syracuse 10-4 124 21

22. Princeton 15-0 107 —

23. Minnesota 14-1 100 —

24. Rutgers 10-4 94 16

25. Western Kentucky 12-2 40 —

Others receiving votes: Washington 39, St. John's 38, Chattanooga 33, Florida State 32, Washington State 18, California 17, Seton Hall 17, Ohio State 15, Northwestern 12, Green Bay 11, DePaul 10, Long Beach State 10, South Florida 9, West Virginia 5, George Washington 3, James Madison 3, Arkansas 2, Texas Tech 2

Wilson, Thornwell honored: Sindarius Thornwell and A’ja Wilson were named SEC Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively.

Thornwell averaged 12 points, 6.5 rebounds and two assists in wins over N.C. Central and No. 9 Iowa State. Against the Cyclones, Thornwell had six of his 13 points in the final two minutes as the Gamecocks held on to win.

Wilson has taken over the scoring lead for the Gamecocks with 14.5 points per game and had two double-doubles as USC began the SEC season with two wins. Wilson is challenging a record for winning Freshman of the Week with her third win. Teammate Alaina Coates won it five times last year, tying a league record.

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