In the last three weeks, being ranked No. 1 has been the kiss of death in the NCAA. First, it was No.?1 Duke losing at N.C. State. Then it was No. 1 Louisville falling to Syracuse. Last week, Duke was back in the No.?1 slot and was thrashed by Miami.
This week, with the two major polls in disagreement, there are two No. 1 teams. Will the jinx carry over to both?
In the USA Today coaches poll, Kansas (18-1) got the nod by three points over Michigan (19-1). In the Associated Press, Michigan was voted No. 1.
Being in the top spot is heady stuff, especially for a school such as Michigan, which was last there at the start of the sophomore season of the Fab Five -- Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson -- 20 years ago.
So beware, Jayhawks and Wolverines. Kansas beat West Virginia on Monday night and faces visiting Oklahoma State (13-5) on Saturday. Michigan plays host to Northwestern (12-9) on Wednesday and travels to No. 3 Indiana (18-2) on Saturday.
- Kevin Dunleavy