Duke, Michigan still 1-2 in poll
Duke and Michigan remain the top two teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll while Syracuse drops from third to ninth after its first loss.
The Blue Devils received all but two of the first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan got the others.
Arizona, Louisville and Indiana all moved up one place to third through fifth, respectively. Kansas, which won at Ohio State, moved from ninth to sixth. Missouri, which beat Illinois, jumped from 12th to seventh. Cincinnati advanced from 11th to eighth. Syracuse, which lost to Temple, and Ohio State complete the top 10.
Pittsburgh and Kansas State are the newcomers to the poll at 24th and 25th. They replace New Mexico and North Carolina, which dropped out from 16th and 23rd after losses to South Dakota State and Texas, respectively.
• Stanford remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the sixth consecutive week, matching the team’s longest run in the top spot.
The Cardinal had 24 first-place votes Monday, while Connecticut received 14. Baylor got the other two.
UConn will visit Stanford on Saturday, trying to snap the Cardinal’s 82-game home winning streak. Stanford, which beat South Carolina and Tennessee on the road last week, was No. 1 for six weeks in 1996.
Duke and Notre Dame round out the first five.
The Irish are followed by Georgia, Kentucky, California and Maryland, as the top nine teams remain unchanged.
Tennessee fell three spots from No. 10 after losing to Baylor and Stanford. UCLA had the biggest drop, falling five spots to 17th after losing to Cal State Northridge.
Arkansas entered the poll at No. 25 as West Virginia fell out.
Kings reinstate center Cousins
The Sacramento Kings reinstated center DeMarcus Cousins after a one-game suspension for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”
Cousins practiced with the Kings on Monday. Cousins and Kings coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of Sacramento’s loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Smart benched Cousins for the entire second half and ordered him to remain in the locker room.
The 22-year-old Cousins has been suspended two other times by the NBA this season because of his conduct.
He was not with the team during its 108-96 home win against Portland on Sunday night.
Cousins is averaging a team-high 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds.
3 to sit out bowl for Red Raiders
A Texas Tech official says three Red Raiders won’t be playing against Minnesota in Friday’s Meineke Car Care Bowl because they violated team rules.
Football program spokesman Blayne Beal on Monday would not divulge the rules violated. He says Red Raiders starting defensive back Cornelius Douglas, Chris Payne, a linebacker who played mostly on Texas Tech’s special teams, and backup defensive tackle Leon Mackey won’t play in the bowl game.
• Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz has added Jabbar Juluke to his staff as an assistant.
Juluke joins the staff after serving as head coach at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans the last nine years.
– From wire reports