Michigan State, KU remain Nos. 1 and 2 in AP basketball poll
11/25/2013 6:57 PM
11/25/2013 6:57 PM
Michigan State won three games last week and remains a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll.
The Spartans, 6-0, held the top spot for a second straight week by receiving 56 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media poll.
Kansas drew eight first-place votes and remains second. Kentucky, the preseason No. 1, and Arizona moved up one spot each to third and fourth. Oklahoma State received the other No. 1 vote and jumped from seventh to fifth. Duke stayed at sixth.
Ohio State, Syracuse, Louisville and Wisconsin rounded out the top 10. Louisville dropped from third after losing to North Carolina.
Iowa and Massachusetts moved into the rankings at 23rd and 24th. They replaced VCU, which dropped from 10th after losing twice, and New Mexico, which had been 19th.
• UMKC senior Fred Chatmon was chosen Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week Monday after recording his first double-double of the season in a 79-67 win at Tennessee-Martin, scoring 20 points with 12 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal.Volleyball
MIAA co-champions Central Missouri and Washburn, and Truman State earned invitations to the 64-team NCAA Division II tournament field.
The Jennies, 32-1, are seeded second in the Central Regional and will play No. 7 seed Nebraska-Kearney in the first round Dec. 5 in Duluth, Minn. The winner plays either No. 3 seed Concordia-St. Paul or No. 6 seed Northern State in the second round Dec. 6.
The Blues, 31-5, are the No. 4 seed in the same regional and face No. 5 Southwest Minnesota State. The winner of that game plays either top-seeded Minnesota-Duluth or No. 8 seed Arkansas Tech in the second round. The regional championship is Dec. 7.
The Bulldogs, 23-11, are the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Regional and play top-seeded Grand Valley State in the first round.
The winners of the eight regions meet in the national quarterfinals Dec. 12 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where the semifinals (Dec. 13) and championship (Dec. 14) also will be played.Soccer
Fort Hays State junior defender Eric Hymer, an Olathe East grad, earned first-team all-Central Region men’s soccer honors Monday and five Kansas City-area women’s players were chosen to the first and second all-region teams.
Southwest Baptist senior midfielder Ashley Creason, a Lee’s Summit grad, and Central Missouri senior midfielder Carly Stanley, a De Soto grad, were both first-team selections.
Southwest Baptist sophomores Kate and Karla Jamison of Kansas City and Central Missouri freshman Hannah Pyle, a St. Thomas Aquinas grad, were second-team selections.Football
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Texas A quarterback Johnny Manziel and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron are finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to college football’s player of the year.
• Oklahoma senior tailback Damien Williams has been dismissed from the team. Williams, from San Diego, had been suspended for Saturday’s win at Kansas State and earlier served another one-game suspension against Tulsa. He started one game this season and was the Sooners’ second-leading rusher, with 114 carries for 553 yards and seven touchdowns.
• Texas quarterback David Ash, who has missed most of the season with concussion symptoms, will not return until spring practice.
• Illinois football staff member and former NFL player Matt Sinclair was charged Monday with two felonies after allegedly pointing an unloaded handgun at a vehicle carrying other staff members, authorities said.