Gonzaga isn’t going up or down, and that’s pretty much the same story for everybody in the AP top 10. The Zags were No. 3 in the preseason poll, the first regular-season poll and the latest top 25 released Monday morning.
Quentin Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Dedric Lawson added 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 1 Kansas past No. 10 Michigan State 92-87 in the season-opening Champions Classic on Tuesday night.
Kansas has fired football coach David Beaty, effective at the end of the season, ending a three-plus year tenure marked by modest improvement but just a handful of wins.
Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, whose name has surfaced as part of the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball, will be withheld from games pending a review of his eligibility. Jayhawks coach Bill Self says the sophomore forward would be held out beginning with Thursday’s exhibition game. De Sousa joined the Jayhawks for the spring semester, providing valuable interior depth as they made a run to the Final Four. The top-ranked Jayhawks open the season Nov. 6
The games haven’t even started yet, but Gonzaga has gone where no Gonzaga team has gone before. The Zags checked in at No. 3 in the AP men’s basketball poll, surpassing the program’s preseason high of No. 8 in 2006. The 2006 Zags went 29-4, dropping a heartbreaker to UCLA in the Sweet 16.
ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla called the Bulldogs and the Kansas Jayhawks the top teams in college basketball in a recent interview with FloHoops.
The University of Kansas fired athletic director Sheahon Zenger on Monday, with Chancellor Douglas Girod noting “progress has been elusive” in some areas other than the storied Jayhawks men’s basketball program.
University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod says the school didn’t produce any written reports after an independent examination of the athletics department amid a federal investigation of corruption in college basketball. Girold says he was given verbal briefings after the Kansas review last fall but he didn’t think an external, written report was necessary. The review came before Kansas was named earlier this month as a victim in a scheme involving a former Adidas representative.
One by one, Villanova keeps winning games and getting closer to another national title.
The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April.