|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on NCAABAfter a dynamic week of upsets in college basketball, a week in which the top four teams fell, the No. 5 five team in the country, the Duke Blue Devils, has regained the top spot, a spot that they last held on January 10, 2011, before a loss to Florida State. The Kansas Jayhawks fell to No. 2 despite a big 18- point loss to Kansas St. on the road. The rest of the top 5 is rounded out by Ohio St. at No. 3, San Diego St. at No. 4, and Texas at No. 5.
The Blue Devils received 19 of a possible 31 number one votes in the AP poll; However, others in the top 5 also received votes for the No. 1 spot. Ohio St, Pittsburgh, San Diego St., and Kansas, also received considerable attention by pollsters.
Perhaps the biggest story that has arisen from the rubble of this weeks top 5 destruction concerns the former No. 1 Jayhawks. Following their devastating 18- point loss to their in-state and conference rival, Kansas State, the Jayhawks also announced the suspension of their starting junior guard Tyshawn Taylor. Head coach Bill Self announced Monday that Taylor would be suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Self did not specify the nature of the violations, only commenting,” Although we are disappointed in Tyshawn, he will remain a member of our team and practice with our team until he is reinstated for competition.”
The suspension could not come at a more inopportune time for the Jayhawks who are chasing the Texas Longhorns for a conference title with only four games remaining in conference play. Taylor was averaging 8.8 pts. per game, but more importantly, he was dishing out almost 5 assists per game, second in the Big-12 Conference. This supension, which is not the first team suspension of the season, makes fans wonder if a run for a national title is possible with so many off-the-court distractions.