KU replaces Duke as No. 1 team in AP poll

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Kansas, the only team besides Duke to be ranked No. 1 in the AP college basketball poll this season, moved back into the top spot Monday.

The Jayhawks (23-2) took advantage of Duke's loss at Maryland on Sunday to reclaim the top ranking, receiving 48 first-place votes and 1,745 points from the national media panel.

Maryland (21-3) moved up one place to second following the 87-73 victory over Duke. The Blue Devils had been No. 1 for all but one week this season, including nine when they were a unanimous choice.

The Terrapins were No. 1 on 19 ballots and had 1,713 points, 61 more than Duke (23-2), which still received four No. 1 votes.

Kansas moved into the No. 1 spot following Duke's only other loss, Jan. 6 at Florida State, but the Jayhawks held it for just the one week as they lost at UCLA that weekend. They have won 10 straight since, all in the Big 12.

"Being No. 1 later in the season is much better than earlier and it should mean a little more because you have already accomplished something," Kansas coach Roy Williams said Monday. "If you're there the first week it's what people expected. After a couple of weeks it's about your nonconference wins. College basketball is so different than college football where the polls mean so much. Everybody has the goals you set as a team, that drive the team, but I can't remember a time I ever said one was to be No. 1 on Feb. 18."

Maryland's No. 2 ranking is its third of the season. The Terrapins have held that position more than any other school without ever reaching No. 1 -- 21 weeks. Louisville is second on that list with 15 weeks.

This is the first week of the season that Duke isn't ranked No. 1 or 2.

Cincinnati moved up one place to fourth, while Alabama jumped two spots to fifth. Oklahoma, which lost at Oklahoma State last week, fell from fourth to sixth and was followed in the Top Ten by Gonzaga, Florida, Marquette and Stanford.

Complete poll can be found in Scoreboard on 2B.

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