KU ranked No. 1 in CNN-USA Today poll
Kansas' basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the country in today's CNN-USA Today poll.
Late this afternoon, KU is expected to be accorded the No. 1 rating in the Associated Press poll.
The Jayhawks are no strangers to the No. 1 slot. Last season, Kansas held the No. 1 ranking for one week in mid-January. Immediately after being tabbed No. 1, KU fell to Kansas State, 68-64, at Allen Fieldhouse. The following week, KU dropped two slots to No. 3.
During the 1992-93 season, KU in mid-January nabbed a No. 1 ranking, which the Jayhawks held for two weeks.
As No. 1, KU beat Kansas State, 71-65, in Manhattan and also, Colorado, 82-51, in Boulder. KU returned home and fell to Long Beach State, 64-49, then defeated Rollins, 103-56. The week after the Long Beach loss, KU fell to No. 3.
KU held the No. 1 ranking for four weeks during the '89-90 season. KU was No. 1 for a two-week span in January and two separate weeks in February.
On Saturday, informed of UConn's loss to Villanova, the Jayhawks realized they had a shot at No. 1 this week. That became a reality when North Carolina lost at Virginia Sunday.
"It's exciting, but we still have to play. There are a lot of good teams out there," KU guard Jerod Haase said.
"It doesn't matter to me if we're No. 1 or 100," said KU center Greg Ostertag. "We still have to come out and play hard every day."
How Kansas Has Fared as No.1
Past five seasons
As tabulated by KU Sports Information
Date Result Site
1-18-93 W,Kansas State, 71-65 Manhattan
1-23-93 W,Colorado, 82-51 Boulder
1-25-93 L,Long Beach State 64-49 Lawrence
1-30-93 W,Rollins, 103-56 Lawrence
2-27-90 L,Oklahoma, 100-78 Norman
1-18-90 W,Eliz. City State, 132-65 Lawrence
1-20-90 L,Missouri, 95-87 Columbia
1-8-90 W,Nebraska, 98-83 Lincoln
1-10-90 W,Miami, 100-73 Miami
1-13-90 W, Oklahoma St., 91-77 Lawrence