12/09 11:10 CST Ohio St jumps to No. 3 behind Louisville, Kansas in Top 25
Ohio St jumps to No. 3 behind Louisville, Kansas in Top 25
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Basketball Writer
Louisville and Kansas finally provided some consistency to what has been a
volatile Top 25 poll this season, while perennial bluebloods Michigan State and
North Carolina continued to tumble after another wave of defeats.
The Cardinals solidified thier place at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 released Monday
by routing then-No. 4 Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and breezing past
Pittsburgh over the past week. The Jayhawks stayed at No. 2 after returning
from their Maui Invitaitonal title to thump former Big 12 member Colorado.
"I think it's two games in a row, where we got stops," Louisville coach Chris
Mack said. "We didn't allow second shots. We ran the clock on offense. We got
great looks. We got layups, and that's a killer."
Ohio State jumped from sixth to third following its 74-49 rout of then-No. 7
North Carolina and a Big Ten blowout of Penn State. Maryland dropped one spot
to fourth despite continuing to pile up wins, while Michigan slid one spot to
round out the top five after Juwan Howard's bunch ran into the Louisville
buzzsaw for their first loss of the season.
The Spartans continued their fall from preseason No. 1 after losing to Duke,
this time dropping from 11th to No. 16. The Tar Heels tumbled 10 spots to No.
17 after getting crushed by Ohio State and losing to No. 9 Virginia.
San Diego State joined the rankings at No. 25.
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