It turns out Kansas couldn’t hang onto the No. 1 ranking, either.
Already this college basketball season has seen Michigan State, Louisville, Kentucky and Duke unable to maintain the top ranking after ascending in the poll. On Saturday, the Jayhawks became the fifth team to fall after climbing the rankings.
The culprit was a familiar one for the Jayhawks (9-2) — Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats (9-2) have been as successful against Bill Self’s squad as any team has over the past few years. At Wells Fargo Center, Nova turned up the pressure on Kansas and came away with a 56-55 victory that both teams appeared ready to steal at any moment.