Kansas, Texas and Villanova held the top three spots in the

Associated Press

college basketball poll for the second straight week yesterday. For the third consecutive week at least three teams moved into the Top 25.

The top three also remained unchanged in the USA Today/ESPN poll.

The Jayhawks (7-0), who beat Alcorn State and UCLA last week, were again a runaway choice at No. 1 in the AP poll, receiving all but three first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Texas (6-0), which beat Southern California in its only game last week, and Villanova (8-0), which beat Drexel and Maryland, both received one first-place vote.

Kentucky (8-0), which beat then-No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday, was fourth, switching places with Purdue (7-0). The Boilermakers beat Wake Forest and Buffalo last week.

West Virginia, Syracuse, which got the other No. 1 vote, Duke, Tennessee and Florida rounded out the AP's top 10.

Wisconsin, which moved in at No. 20, and No. 23 Texas Tech, No. 24 Georgia Tech and No. 25 Mississippi moved into the rankings. They replaced Clemson, Louisville, Florida State and Portland.

Last week a record-tying seven teams moved into the poll and Florida State and Portland were the only ones to drop out.

North Carolina fell one spot to 11th and was followed by Michigan State, Ohio State, Connecticut, Georgetown, Texas A & M, Washington, UNLV, Cincinnati and Wisconsin.

Gonzaga was No. 21 and Butler was No. 22.

There are five games between ranked teams this week and four are at neutral sites.

Butler plays Georgetown in the Jimmy V Classic tomorrow and Kentucky and Connecticut meet in the Big East/SEC Invitational tomorrow on the same Madison Square Garden court.

Syracuse and Florida meet in Tampa in another Big East-SEC matchup on Thursday.

On Saturday, Ohio State visits Butler and Georgetown plays its first game in California since 2001 when it faces Washington in the Wooden Classic in Anaheim.


* Duke freshman guard Andre Dawkins has left the team to be with his family in Virginia after his sister's death in a weekend car wreck.

The West Virginia State Police said 21-year-old Lacey Dawkins, of Columbus, Ohio, died Saturday morning. She was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a three-vehicle accident in Pax, W.Va., while driving to the Duke-St. John's game in Durham Saturday afternoon.

In a news release, Duke said Dawkins' biological mother, Tamara Hill, also was in the vehicle. West Virginia authorities had no information on her condition. Duke's next game is Dec. 15 against Gardner-Webb.

* Ohio State star Evan Turner will miss 8 weeks after breaking bones in his back when he fell while dunking during Saturday's win over Eastern Michigan.

* After being a stalwart in the Top 25 over the past 5 years, Maryland made its first appearance of the season in the Associated Press women's basketball poll.

The Terrapins (8-1) entered at No. 25 while Connecticut (7-0) remained the unanimous No. 1 for the 20th consecutive poll.

In last night's games:

* At Texas, Donald Sloan scored 21 points to lead four players in double figures and the No. 16 Aggies (8-1) beat North Texas, 75-65.

Eric Tramiel led the Mean Green (5-3) with 17 points.

* At The Citadel, Kalin Lucas had 15 points and No. 12 Michigan State (7-2) withstood the Bulldogs' hot three-point shooting with a 69-56 victory.

The Citadel (6-5) finished 12 of 20 from beyond the three-point arc.

* At Texas, freshman Avery Bradley scored 17 points and the No. 2 Longhorns (7-0) routed Long Beach State, 107-74.

Stephan Gilling scored 19 points to lead the 49ers (4-4).