Indiana leads the AP media poll and Duke is atop the coaches poll. Gonzaga is among the top five in both polls.
Indiana men’s coach Tom Crean used an analogy to the state’s second-favorite sport after the Hoosiers remained No. 1 in The Associated Press’ Top 25 for a second straight week.
It had been more than a month since a team managed to stay on top, and Indiana broke that trend despite losing a game last week, leading Crean to bring up auto racing.
“I had a good friend tell me that in-season rankings are the barometer of representing what lane you’re in and the direction and how far you are moving towards your goals,” Crean said Monday. “We want to stay in the left lane and keep working on our team and pace because we know there are quite a few others in the left lane as well.”
The Hoosiers (21-3) lost to Illinois on a last-second basket Thursday but rebounded with a victory at then-No. 10 Ohio State on Sunday. In a week when four of the top five teams lost, it was enough to keep the No. 1 ranking in the AP media poll.
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Duke was second in AP voting, Miami was third, Michigan was fourth and Gonzaga was fifth.
Meanwhile, the USA Today coaches poll had a different look. Duke was No. 1, Indiana was second and Gonzaga was third.
The Zags (23-2) were sixth in both polls last week. According to school officials, the last time Gonzaga was fifth or higher in the AP poll was in December 2008, when it was fourth. The Zags’ best showing in the coaches poll came when they were second to Stanford in 2004.
Gonzaga, 10-0 in the West Coast Conference, visits Saint Mary’s (10-1 in the WCC) on Thursday. The Zags beat the Gaels 83-78 on Jan. 10 in Spokane.
Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk was voted WCC player of the month for January, the second consecutive month he earned the award.
Top 10 men’s game
At No. 14 Kansas 83,
No. 10 Kansas St. 62
Ben McLemore scored 30 points on his 20th birthday, Jeff Withey dominated in the paint and the Jayhawks (20-4 overall, 8-3 Big 12 Conference) beat the Wildcats (19-5, 8-3) to snap a three-game losing streak.
Withey had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, giving him 263 swats for his career, one shy of the conference’s career mark held by Chris Mihm of Texas.
Two of Kansas State’s losses have come against Kansas.
Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and Angel Rodriguez added 17 for the Wildcats, who came into raucous Allen Fieldhouse as the higher-ranked team for the first time since February 1982.
Top 5 women
At No. 2 Notre Dame 93,
No. 10 Louisville 64
Natalie Achonwa had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Skylar Diggins added 21 points and seven assists and the Fighting Irish (23-1, 11-0 Big East) routed the Cardinals (20-5, 8-3) to extend their winning streak to 18 games.
At No. 5 Duke 71,
No. 7 Maryland 56
Chelsea Gray scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Blue Devils (22-1, 12-0 Atlantic Coast) past the Terrapins (19-4, 10-2).
Maryland, which had its winning streak snapped at nine, made 24 turnovers.
|Disagreements on top five|
|The top five men’s college basketball teams in Monday’s AP media poll and the USA Today coaches poll did not match up.|
|Notable: Indiana received 26 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll but only 6 of 31 in the coaches poll.|