Jayhawks claims top spot

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December 17, 2019 - 10:33 AM

David McCormack #33 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots during the game against the UMKC Kangaroos at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke and Louisville have each spent time at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll only to lose quickly. The challenge now falls on Kansas to avoid the same fate.

The Jayhawks reached No. 1 in Monday’s poll, marking the first time the AP poll has had five different No. 1s before New Year’s Day. They play once this week with their new ranking, visiting No. 18 Villanova on Saturday.

None of the previous four teams to hold the No. 1 ranking this season have won more than twice before stumbling, illustrating that this is a year with no dominant team in college basketball.

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