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Preseason No. 1 KU back to top of poll

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Kansas is back where it started the season.

The preseason No. 1, the Jayhawks are again the top-ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 despite struggling to get past New Mexico State at home. Kansas received 57 first-place votes from a 65-person media panel in the poll released Monday, sliding into the top spot after previous No. 1 Gonzaga lost to Tennessee.

No. 2 Duke moved up a spot and received four first-place votes. No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Gonzaga, No. 5 Michigan and No. 6 Virginia received the other first-place votes.


Saint Mary's starts fast, tops Fullerton

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Jordan Ford scored all of his 19 points in the first half and senior Jordan Hunter had his second career double-double to help Saint Mary's beat CSU Fullerton 81-66 on Monday night for its fourth straight win.

Hunter finished with 18 points and a career-best 10 rebounds and Ford made a career-high five 3-pointers.


Elmore shoots Marshall past Morehead St.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Jon Elmore tied his season high with seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points to lead Marshall to a 76-64 win over Morehead State on Monday night.

Jannson Williams had 14 points and eight rebounds and C.J. Burks added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals for Marshall. The Thundering Herd (6-4) snapped a three-game skid, helped by 11 blocked shots.


Hofstra rips Manhattan, extends run to 5

RIVERDALE, N.Y. (AP) Tareq Coburn scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Desure Buie had 18 points, six assists and three steals and Hofstra beat Manhattan 80-50 on Monday night for its fifth straight victory.

It's Hofstra's first win streak of at least five games since an eight-game stretch late in the 2015-16 season. The Pride also won their first game in the series, trailing 42-23 all-time, since the 2010-11 campaign.


Schofield lifts No. 7 Vols by No. 1 Zags

PHOENIX (AP) Tennessee lost the reigning SEC player of the year down the stretch against the nation's top-ranked team.

The Vols still had the Admiral to lead them.


Texas edges Purdue despite Edwards' 40

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Purdue's Carsen Edwards was pouring in points with shot after shot. Somebody had to match him if Texas was going to find a way to end a frustrating early-season losing streak.

Matt Coleman III delivered for the Longhorns, landing just enough late counterpunches to send the Longhorns to a 72-68 victory Sunday that snapped a three-game skid.


Guy, Jerome lead No. 4 Virginia over VCU

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia Commonwealth gave Virginia the test the Cavaliers sought when they put the Rams on their nonconference schedule. Down the stretch, Virginia passed.

The Cavaliers outscored VCU 19-6 over the final 6:30, a span that saw the Rams whistled for six fouls, as the home team pulled away late for a 57-49 victory Sunday.


No. 6 Nevada fends off Grand Canyon

PHOENIX (AP) Nevada had a short turnaround against a scrappy team with a loud fan base, even in what was technically a neutral-site game. The Wolf Pack stumbled out of the gate, had a hard time finding enough of an offensive rhythm to pull away.

Relying on grit and experience, Nevada pulled out a game when it wasn't at its best - a sure sign of a team that could make plenty of noise in March.


No. 15 Va. Tech rolls after cold start

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Perhaps it was the snow, or the small crowd in attendance, or semester-ending exams - or maybe a combination of all three - that caused Virginia Tech to get off to a slow start against South Carolina State.

Everyone, that is, except for Nickeil Alexander-Walker.


Lewis helps Alabama hold off Arizona

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Kira Lewis Jr. and Alabama made sure this one didn't slip away.

The freshman made a 3-pointer and two free throws over the final 13 seconds and the Crimson Tide held on for a 76-73 victory over Arizona on Sunday.

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