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November 18, 2013

Spartans on the war path

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NORMAN —

Big Ten top tens: Michigan State holds fifth place among Big Ten teams for being No. 1 in the AP poll. The Spartans have been No. 1 for five weeks.

Indiana leads the way with 54 weeks followed by Ohio State (37), Michigan (22), Illinois (17), Michigan State and Iowa (1) and Wisconsin (1).

The conference schools that have never reached No. 1 are Minnesota, Purdue, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State. Expansion will only add to that list. Rutgers and Maryland join the conference next season and have never been No. 1.

Kentucky Kernel: Kentucky was No. 1 in the preseason Top 25 and the first regular-season poll.

The Wildcats have to hope history repeats because coach John Calipari had a team loaded with freshman talent ranked No. 1 for two weeks early in the 2011-12 season. The team regained the top spot seven weeks later and kept it through the final poll and capped it with a national championship.

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DOUBLE-RANKED: There is one definite meeting of ranked teams this week with No. 11 Memphis playing at No. 7 Oklahoma State on Tuesday.

There could be two more is things fall right for the ranked teams — and the tournaments involved.

If both No. 10 VCU, which plays Florida State, and No. 14 Michigan, which plays Long Beach State, win in the first round, they would meet Friday in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

If both No. 3 Louisville, which plays Fairfield, and No. 24 North Carolina, which faces Richmond, win in the first round, they would meet on Sunday for the championship of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off in Uncasvillle, Conn.

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CONFERENCE RACE: The Atlantic Coast Conference had five teams in last week’s Top 25, the most of any league.

With Notre Dame and Virginia both falling out of this week’s rankings the ACC drops into a tie for third among conferences in the poll.

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