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KU No. 1 in coaches’ poll, Michigan tops in AP
01/28/2013 12:43 PM
05/16/2014 8:56 PM
On Saturday, Kansas coach Bill Self said he wasn’t quite ready for his team to be ranked No. 1.
He may have to get used to it.
Kansas and Michigan split the top spots in both major polls on Monday, with Michigan ascending to No. 1 in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll and KU taking over No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll.
On the heels of a 17-game winning streak, Kansas keeps rising up the national polls. The Jayhawks, who were No. 2 last week in the coaches’ poll, edged No. 2 Michigan by three points. Kansas, 18-1, received 16 first-place votes, while Michigan, 19-1, was No. 1 on 14 ballots. Kansas was last No. 1 in the coaches’ poll on Feb. 14, 2011. (They suffered a Big Monday loss to Kansas State that night.)
Michigan, meanwhile, was No. 2 in last week’s Associated Press poll and held off Kansas for the top spot, its first No. 1 ranking since the 1992-93 season; the Wolverines received 51 first-place votes in the AP poll, while KU received 13. No. 4 Florida also received one first-place vote.
KU, which plays at West Virginia tonight, posted victories at K-State and at home against Oklahoma this past week. Indiana, Florida and Duke rounded out the top five in both polls after a week of upsets in college basketball.
Missouri, 15-4, moved up from No. 22 to No. 17 in the AP poll, while Kansas State, 15-4, dropped to No. 18 after suffering losses to Kansas at home and at Iowa State. In the coaches’ poll, Mizzou was No. 18, while K-State slotted in at No. 21.
Wichita State moved up to No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the coaches’ poll.