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For the second time in three years, the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the Texas Longhorns, the No. 2 team in the nation, 70-67. This is the fourth loss for Texas, but it's first in Big 12 play. With the victory the Cornhuskers are 18-8 (6-6 Big 12) and in play as a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament in March,
The Cornhuskers trailed at halftime, 33-26, but led by as many as 11 points during the second half. The Longhorns battled back to make it a one-point game, 68-67. However, two free throws by the Huskers and a missed three-pointer by J`Covan Brown gave Nebraska the win.
For Texas, Brown had 18 points off the bench, tied for the team lead with Jordan Hamilton. Hamilton struggled from the field with 3-of-16 shooting, but made nine free throws. He pulled down six boards, dished the ball out three times and made two steals.
With both No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Texas going 1-1 thus week, will we see Ohio St. move back to the top spot? Maybe if they beat Purdue on Sunday.
The Longhorns face the Colorado Buffaloes next Saturday.
While the AP Top 25 poll results had the Kansas Jayhawks and the Ohio St. Buckeyes as the top two teams in the nation, the latest Coaches poll placed the Texas Longhorns as the No. 2 team behind first-place Kansas. The Jayhawks took the top spot with one more vote (14) than the Longhorns total (13). Ohio St. received three first-place votes as the No. 3 team and the Pittsburgh Panthers (No. 4) had the other first-place vote. Duke closed out the top five for another week.
These current rankings offer the Colorado Buffaloes an interesting opportunity down the final stretch of the regular season. The Buffs play Kansas this Saturday at Phog Allen Fieldhouse and then have a home game a week later against the Longhorns, who could be the No. 1 team at that point. The Buffs are in need of big-time quality wins to improve their RPI in hopes of making it into the tournament. Those will be two tough tests, but don't count out the Buffs.
The complete Coaches Top 25:
|3||Ohio St. (3)||1|
|6||San Diego St.||6|
On the same day they became the No. 1 team in both polls, the Kansas Jayhawks dropped their game to the unranked Kansas St. Wildcats Monday night, 68-84. Kansas held the lead for roughly the first two minutes of the game before the Wildcats took control.
Kansas' Morris Brothers, Marcus and Markieff, struggled throughout the game, combining for 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting and four rebounds.
Kansas State's Jacob Pullen dominated the game, scoring a career-high 38 points. He added three rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. He went to the free throw line and made 15 of 19. Rodney McGruder, whose last-second shot against the Buffs for the win on Saturday was waived off, and Jordan Henriquez-Roberts were tied for second with 10 points.
The Wildcats shot 55.1 percent from the field whereas the Jayhawks stood at 44.0 percent. The Jayhawks shot 15 three-pointers but made only three.
The Colorado Buffaloes face Kansas this Saturday, hoping their momentum from Saturday's win over Kansas State will carry over on the road at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.
Following their ascension to No. 1 in the polls this week, the Kansas Jayhawks also took over the top spot in the latest RPI rankings. Previously No. 1, the BYU Cougars dropped to the No. 2 position. The Ohio St. Buckeyes stayed third in RPI. The Georgetown Hoyas and the San Diego St. Aztecs swapped places to close out the top five.
The Mountain West Conference has two other teams in the top 40 with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels at No. 30 and the Colorado St. Rams at No. 38. The Rams jumped nine spots this week. Both teams were among the last ones to receive votes in the latest polls.
The Colorado Buffaloes, who beat the Kansas St. Wildcats on Saturday night, dropped from No. 87 to No. 92. At 16-10, the Buffs are holding on to a slim tourney chance. They will face No. 1 Kansas on Saturday.
The top 25 RPI rankings:
|Rank||Prev Rank||Name||Conf||W-L||Road||Neut||Home||Non-Div I|
|1||2||Kansas||Big 12||24-1||7-0||3- 0||14-1||0-0|
|2||1||BYU||Mountain West||24-2||8-1||5- 1||10-0||1-0|
|3||3||Ohio St.||Big Ten||24-1||8-1||0- 0||16-0||0-0|
|4||5||Georgetown||Big East||20-5||6-3||4- 0||10-2||0-0|
|5||4||San Diego St.||Mountain West||25-1||9-1||4- 0||10-0||2-0|
|6||6||Pittsburgh||Big East||23-2||6-0||3- 1||14-1||0-0|
|7||8||Duke||Atlantic Coast||23-2||5-2||4- 0||14-0||0-0|
|8||7||Texas||Big 12||22-3||6-1||2- 1||14-1||0-0|
|9||9||Notre Dame||Big East||21-4||3-3||3- 1||15-0||0-0|
|10||11||Purdue||Big Ten||20-5||5-4||2- 1||13-0||0-0|
|11||15||North Carolina||Atlantic Coast||18-6||5-3||2- 3||11-0||0-0|
|13||10||Connecticut||Big East||19-5||4-3||3- 0||12-2||0-0|
|17||22||St. John's (NY)||Big East||15-9||3-6||3- 0||9-3||0-0|
|18||20||Wisconsin||Big Ten||19-5||3-4||2- 1||14-0||0-0|
|19||24||Xavier||Atlantic 10||18-6||5-4||2- 1||11-1||0-0|
|20||13||Villanova||Big East||19-6||5-3||1- 1||13-2||0-0|
|21||18||Syracuse||Big East||20-6||4-3||3- 0||13-3||0-0|
|22||17||West Virginia||Big East||16-8||4-4||2- 2||10-2||0-0|
|23||23||George Mason||Colonial||21-5||7-3||1- 2||13-0||0-0|
|24||26||Louisville||Big East||19-6||3-4||0- 0||16-2||0-0|
There's a new No. 1 team in the latest NCAA basketball rankings following the Ohio St. Buckeyes' loss to the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday. The 24-1 Kansas Jayhawks moved to No. 1 in the newest AP Poll. They captured 22 first-place votes. Ohio St. fell only one spot to No. 2, taking 14 first-place votes along the way.
The 22-3 Texas Longhorns remained at No. 3 after defeating the Baylor Bears on Saturday afternoon. They received 23 first-place votes, demonstrating some controversy on which team is No. 1. The Pittsburgh Panthers garnered six-first place votes as the No. 4 team. With no undefeated teams remaining, there's a good chance there will be no unanimous selection for No. 1 overall for the rest of the regular season.
The Duke Blue Devils completed the top five while the San Diego St. Aztecs and the BYU Cougars at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. The Georgetown Hoyas and the Wisconsin Badgers entered the top 10 with the final two spots there. The Villanova Wildcats, previously the ninth-ranked team, dropped down to No. 15 after their losses to Rutgers and Pitt.
The full results as follows:
|2||Ohio State (14)||24-1||1|
|6||San Diego State||25-1||6|
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: West Virginia(16-8) 58; St. Mary's(22-4) 52; Coastal Carolina(24-2) 32; UCLA(18-7) 32; George Mason(21-5) 28; St. John's(15-9) 26; Washington(17-7) 23; Alabama(16-8) 13; Florida State(18-7) 11; Marquette(15-10) 6; Baylor(16-8) 5; Belmont(23-4) 5; Colorado State(17-7) 5; Minnesota(17-8) 4; UNLV(18-7) 3