This season’s curse of the leading ranking ongoing Saturday as Kansas, this week’s new No. 1 staff, fell 56-fifty five to No. eighteen Villanova. The Jayhawks are the fifth No. 1 team in the AP Top rated twenty five poll to experience a reduction this period, likely to set off a new No. one workforce in its position when the rankings update Monday. If that’s the scenario, it’ll be the third time this time a No. 1 group lasted just one 7 days at the top rated of the rankings and the sixth time the top rated spot has transformed.
When the Jayhawks have been set at the best place in the AP Best 25 on Monday it was the 1st time the AP poll had five various No. 1s (Michigan Condition, Kentucky, Duke and Louisville) prior to New Year’s Working day. The document for an full time is seven, set in 1982-eighty three. In that year, the frenetic alterations at the best did not start out until finally just after the new yr Virginia was the preseason No. one right up until the calendar turned to 1983, just after which six various groups took about No. one.
Kansas need to sense no disgrace for its reduction, although. KU was favored by just two factors in a tricky road environment where by Villanova has nevertheless to shed in all season. Buried in its No. 18 rating, much too, is that it has played a hard-as-nails program that hides just how great it has been this year. Villanova’s two losses this period — to Ohio Point out on the street and to Baylor on a neutral court docket — are to two teams Jerry Palm projects will be No. one seeds in the 2020 NCAA Event.
The Wildcats did not earn this sport with simplicity, possibly. Kansas really led in this video game lengthier than Villanova did. The Jayhawks led by 4 details with one:49 left in the recreation right before Villanova scored 5-straight points — which include a Jermaine Samuels dagger three-pointer — to scoot to a W.
Samuels led all scorers with 15 details for Villanova on six-of-twelve shooting. Collin Gillespie scored twelve factors. For Kansas, 3 distinct gamers concluded in double figures scoring, with sophomore place guard Devon Dotson scoring a group-substantial fifteen and Udoka Azubuike and Ochai Agbaji including twelve and eleven, respectively.
The win bumps the Wildcats to nine-two on the season and dumps KU to nine-2, its initial loss due to the fact its period-opener to Duke on Nov. 5.