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Jayhawks are new No. 1

By REUTERS | Feb 28, 2017

Kansas took advantage of a stumble by Gonzaga to take over the No. 1 ranking in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll released on Monday.

The Jayhawks (26-3), who won their 13th consecutive Big 12 Conference regular-season title, moved up two spots and leapfrogged Villanova to become the sixth school this season to occupy the top spot.

Kansas received 58 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Villanova (27-3), which held steady at No. 2 despite a loss to then-No. 22 Butler, was named on two first-place ballots -- one fewer than third-ranked UCLA (26-3).

Gonzaga’s bid for a perfect regular season was thwarted in Saturday’s home loss to BYU, ending the four-week reign of the Bulldogs (29-1) at No. 1. Gonzaga received the remaining two first-place votes.

North Carolina (25-5) jumped three spots to No. 5 after clinching a share of the ACC title and was followed by Oregon (26-4), Arizona (26-4), Louisville (23-6), Kentucky (24-5) and West Virginia (23-6) to rounded out the top 10.

Baylor (23-6) and Florida (23-6) were at Nos. 11 and 12 while Butler (23-6) made the biggest move in the poll, vaulting nine slots to 13th. The Bulldogs were followed by SMU (25-4) and Florida State (23-6), which moved up three and four notches, respectively.

Purdue (23-6) fell to 16th while Duke (22-7) plummeted seven spots to No. 17 in the wake of losses at Syracuse and Miami. Cincinnati (25-4), Notre Dame (22-7) and Saint Mary’s (26-3) filled out the top 20.

Wichita State (27-4), a newcomer to the poll a week ago, moved up four spots to 21st while Wisconsin (22-7) dropped six slots and Virginia (19-9) fell from 18th to No. 23.

Iowa State (19-9) and Miami (20-8) each broke into the Top 25 while Creighton and Maryland dropped out.

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