By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
Kansas is No. 1 - again.
The Jayhawks (29-2), coming off their sixth straight Big 12
regular season title, moved back into the top spot in The
Associated Press' college basketball poll Monday. It is their 14th
week at No. 1 this season, more than triple the total of the other
three schools who have been there in 2009-10.
Kansas, which dropped to second last week after a four-week
stint on top, was a near unanimous No. 1, receiving 63 first-place
votes from the 65-member national media panel.
Kentucky (29-2) moved up one place to No. 2 and had the other
Syracuse (28-3), No. 1 last week for the first time since 1990,
lost to Louisville on Saturday in the last game played at Freedom
Hall and fell to No. 3.
Syracuse's one-week run at No. 1 matched Kentucky's, while
Texas, which dropped out of the rankings last week, was on top for
Duke held fourth while Ohio State and Purdue both moved up one
place to fifth and sixth.
West Virginia moved from 10th to seventh after wins last week
over Georgetown and Villanova, while New Mexico, Kansas State and
Villanova rounded out the top 10.
Villanova's loss to West Virginia was the Wildcats' fourth in
six games and they dropped one spot to No. 10. Kansas, Kentucky,
Duke and Villanova are the only teams to be ranked in the top 10
all season with one poll remaining.
Kansas State dropped from fifth to ninth after losing at Kansas
and to Iowa State at home last week.
Michigan State was 11th, followed by Butler, Wisconsin, BYU,
Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Temple, Gonzaga, Maryland and Vanderbilt.
The last five ranked teams were Baylor, Georgetown, Texas A&M,
Xavier and UTEP.
It was the first time this season the same 25 teams were ranked
two weeks in a row.
The Big Ten's three teams that finished tied for the regular
season title with 14-4 records - Ohio State, Purdue and Michigan
State - were all in the top 11.
Vanderbilt lost 77-73 to South Carolina at home and had the
week's biggest drop, falling from 13th to No. 20.
Temple, which ended its Atlantic 10 regular season with wins
over Saint Louis and George Washington, and Maryland, which beat
Duke and Virginia to earn a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference
regular season title with the Blue Devils, both matched West
Virginia's jump of three spots from last week.
Nine teams - Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Purdue, West Virginia,
Michigan State, Villanova, Tennessee and Georgetown - have a chance
at being ranked the entire season. Since no team can lose more than
one game this week because of the conference tournaments, only No.
22 Georgetown from that group appears to be in any danger of not
going wire to wire.
The Big East heads into the conference tournaments with the most
ranked teams, five, while the Big 12 and Big Ten both have four.
The Southeastern Conference has three and the ACC, Mountain West
and Atlantic 10 have two each.
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