Kansas ends season atop final coaches' poll

Updated: April 8, 2008, 2:05 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Kansas ended the season with three losses overall, while Memphis had just two. But the Tigers' second defeat cost them the top spot in the season-ending ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

The Jayhawks (37-3) ended the season No. 1 following their 75-68 overtime win over Memphis in the national championship game Monday, receiving all 31 first-place votes. Memphis (38-2) was second in the rankings, followed by the other two teams to make it to the Final Four in San Antonio. North Carolina (36-3) -- which had entered the tournament as the top overall seed and ranked No. 1 -- and UCLA (35-4), ended the year at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.

Texas (31-7) was fifth, followed by Louisville (27-9), Tennessee (31-5) and Xavier (30-7). Davidson (29-7), which lost to KU 59-57 in the Elite Eight, jumped from No. 23 to No. 9 in the season-ending poll, while Wisconsin (31-5) rounded out the top 10.

Stanford (28-8) ended the season at No. 11. Georgetown, which was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and suffered a second-round 74-70 loss to Davidson, fell from eighth to 12th in the poll.

Michigan State jumped seven spots to No. 13 following a run to the Sweet 16, where ithe Spartans lost 92-74 to Memphis. Butler, meanwhile, fell from 10th to 14th, and Washington State jumped six spots to No. 15 after reaching the Sweet 16, where it lost 68-47 to the Tar Heels.

Duke (28-6) fell from ninth to 16th following a second-round loss to West Virginia, which was No. 17 after being unranked in the previous poll. Pitt (27-10) was 18th, followed by Notre Dame (25-8) and Purdue (25-9).

Two other previously unranked teams ended in the season-ending top 25: Western Kentucky, which reached the Sweet 16, at No. 22 and Villanova, which also made it to the Sweet 16, at No. 24. The other teams in the top 25 were Marquette (25-10) at No. 21, Drake (28-5) at No. 23 and Vanderbilt, which fell from 16th to 25th.

Falling out of the poll were Connecticut, which had been 17th; Clemson, which was 22nd; and Indiana, which had been in a tie at No. 24.

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