Monday , Dec , 01 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Kansas takes over top spot in men’s basketball poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Kansas took advantage of losses by the top
four teams last week to jump from sixth to No. 1 in the Associated Press men’s
college basketball poll.

The Jayhawks’ move to the top marked the biggest in almost 40 years and
matched the second biggest in the history of the poll, which started in the
1948-49 season.

Kansas (2-0) received 52 first-place votes and 1,750 points from the national
media panel. The Jayhawks defeated then-No. 3 Michigan State 81-74 in their
only game last week. The victory combined with losses by Connecticut, Duke and
Arizona and an unimpressive win by then-No. 5 Missouri meant another trip to
No. 1 for Kansas.

Florida defeated then No. 4 Arizona to advance from eighth to second. The
Gators (2-0) garnered eight first-place votes and 1,604 points.

Connecticut, which was No. 1 in the preseason poll as well as the first two
weeks of the regular season, dropped to third following its 77-61 loss to
Georgia Tech in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT. The Huskies (4-1)
received one first-place vote.

Missouri, the only member of last week’s top five that didn’t lose, advanced
one place to fourth after beating Oakland, Michigan 90-85 in its season-
opener. The Tigers (1-0) got three first-place votes.

Michigan State (3-1) dropped two spots to fifth, while Duke (3-1) fell four
positions to sixth after losing 78-68 to Purdue in the championship game of
the Great Alaska Shootout.

Arizona (1-1) fell from fourth to seventh following the 78-77 loss to Florida
in the Tipoff Classic. Texas (3-0), Kentucky (2-0) and North Carolina (3-0)
rounded out the top 10. The Longhorns had two first-place votes, while Duke,
Kentucky and North Carolina earned one each.

Illinois moved up one spot to 11th and was followed by Saint Joseph’s, Georgia
Tech, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Gonzaga, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and
Purdue. The Yellow Jackets entered the rankings at No. 13 after a victory over
Connecticut. Georgia Tech was the ninth school to get at least one first-place
vote and finished No. 1 on three ballots.

Syracuse, which beat Kansas for the national title last year, was the other
team in last week’s top 10 to lose a game. The Orangemen (1-1) were beaten
96-92 at home by Charlotte in their season opener and dropped from seventh to

Stanford, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Marquette and Oklahoma State completed the

Louisville, which lost in overtime to Iowa, fell out of the rankings from No.
17. Meanwhile, North Carolina State (3-0) dropped out from 25th despite wins
over Howard and Florida A&M by an average of 25 points.