No.1 Kansas falls to Villanova, loses top spot


December 24, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Jermaine Samuels, #23 of the Villanova Wildcats, and Devon Dotson, #1 of the Kansas Jayhawks, fight for the ball in the second half on Saturday. MICHELL LEFF/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jermaine Samuels hit a 3-pointer with 20.5 seconds left and No. 18 Villanova beat No. 1 Kansas 56-55 on Saturday, making the Jayhawks the latest top-ranked team to fall this season.

The Jayhawks (9-2) had moved up one spot to become the fifth team to top the poll this season. It is the first time the AP poll has had five school at No. 1 before New Year’s Day; the record for a season is seven in 1982-83.

Unlike Duke and Louisville which lost to unranked teams, Kansas lost to a traditional national power that has had its number in recent seasons. The Wildcats (9-2) finally nudged ahead in a back-and-forth game.

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