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Jayhawks join Huskies on list of vanquished No. 1s
Posted: Sunday December 7, 2003 6:03PM; Updated: Sunday December 7, 2003 6:03PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Florida will probably get its turn at No. 1 this week. The way things have been going, the Gators' reign at the top might not last long.
No. 21 Stanford led nearly all the way in beating top-ranked Kansas 64-58 in the John Wooden Classic on Saturday, paving the way for No. 2 Florida to move up when the new Associated Press poll comes out Monday.
Last week, Kansas jumped from sixth to first in the poll after upsets of the top four teams: Connecticut, which had held the top spot since the preseason, Duke, Michigan State and Arizona. The Jayhawks' move to No. 1 was the biggest since 1965.
"Our passing was horrendous," first-year Kansas coach Bill Self said. "When you play not to make a mistake, you make them.
"We're better than what we played. Stanford had a lot to do with that. This isn't an upset."
Kansas had only six assists as a team and committed 19 turnovers.
"It's great to play the No. 1 team in the nation," said Matt Lottich, who led the Cardinal with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. "You don't get to play the No. 1 team every day. That's why we came to Stanford."
So, who should be ranked No. 1 when the new poll comes out Monday?
"Whoever was No. 2," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery replied.
That would be Florida, which raised its record to 5-0 by beating Stetson 74-61 on Saturday.
Self said Stanford looks like a Top 10 team, and the Cardinal certainly should move up several spots.
But Montgomery doesn't seem very concerned.
"I haven't seen anybody that's overwhelming," he said. "I don't think there's a clear-cut No. 1 team. Somebody's got to be there. What you're really concerned about is where you're going to be at the end of the year."
Stanford (4-0) won impressively despite being without starting forward Josh Childress, who hasn't played this season because of a stress reaction in his left foot. Childress figures to miss several more games.
"When Childress gets back, they're going to be even better," Self said.
The Wildcats (3-1) also played without a starter -- guard Michael Lee, who broke his right collarbone in practice Nov. 28 and is expected to be sidelined until late January.
Kansas stars Wayne Simien and Keith Langford were held to 10 points each. Aaron Miles led the Jayhawks with 11.
"We didn't move the ball well, kind of got out of our offensive scheme," Simien said. "We were getting stops, then turning the ball over without getting shots. You can't win that way."
Said Langford: "We probably relied too much on one pass, one shot. We didn't make the defense work enough."
Lottich said Stanford was prepared for Kansas.
"We really had a grasp of their offense, a grasp of the players," he said. "We knew what they liked to do and didn't like to do."
Two free throws by Simien with 4:26 left capped a 6-0 Kansas run and tied the game 54-all. But the Jayhawks were outscored 10-1 after that before Omar Wilkes made a meaningless 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Kansas led only once -- at 46-45 after Langford's three-point play with 8:23 remaining.