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New No. 1: Kansas goes down

1/10/2010

After narrowly averting a home loss to Cornell, the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks suffered the season's first defeat Sunday at No. 16 Tennessee, 76-68, opening the door for No. 2 Texas Longhorns to take over college basketball's top spot in the national rankings on Monday.

Texas has never been No. 1 in either major poll in program history.

Kansas fell to 14-1 after the surprising loss to a drama-filled Volunteers team that was reduced to just six scholarship players because of suspensions, dismissals and injuries. Kansas will go back to the drawing board after their tough, two-game stretch. The Jayhawks open Big 12 play at Nebraska on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Texas moved to 15-0 Saturday as it opened Big 12 play with a 103-86 home win over Colorado. The Longhorns, who received eight first-place votes in last week's Associated Press poll and one in the ESPN/USA Today poll, play at Iowa State on Wednesday and then face Texas A&M Saturday at home. No. 3 Kentucky is positioned to move up to No. 2.