In the last three weeks, being ranked No. 1 has been the kiss of death. First, it was No. 1 Duke losing at North Carolina 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 (760-757) over Michigan (19-1), receiving 16 first-place votes to 14 for the Wolverines. No. 4 Florida (16-2) was the only other team receiving a first-place vote.
In the Associated Press poll, Michigan was voted No. 1 by a significant margin, receiving 51 first-place votes to 13 for Kansas. The last time the Wolverines were in the top spot was 21 years ago, when their famed Fab Five recruiting class — Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Chris Weber, Ray Jackson, and Jimmy King — started their sophomore season.
So Jayhawks and Wolverines beware. Kansas plays Monday night at West Virginia (9-10) and Saturday against visiting Oklahoma State (13-5). Michigan plays host to Northwestern (12-9) on Wednesday and travels to No. 3 Indiana (18-2) on Saturday.