Villanova didn't have to wait long to feel the impact of its loss to Temple.

The Wildcats dropped from third to eighth in yesterday's Associated Press Top 25 poll, a result of their 75-65 loss to the Owls on Sunday. It was their first loss of the season, after nine wins.

The Wildcats' next game is Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J., against 2-6 Fordham.

Kansas remained the runaway No. 1 pick. Texas (8-0) was No. 2 for the third straight week. Kentucky (10-0) and Purdue (9-0) both moved up one spot to third and fourth. Syracuse (10-0) was fifth, followed by West Virginia, Duke, Villanova, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Georgetown was 11th, followed by Michigan State, Florida, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Ohio State, New Mexico, Mississippi, Butler, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Washington and Cincinnati.

In the women's poll, Connecticut (8-0) was No. 1 for the 30th straight week.


* Two Missouri women's players suspended after a late-night weekend fight say they were defending a female friend from her aggressive male roommate.

Amanda Hanneman and Jessra Johnson told police that an after-hours party following a bar visit turned ugly around 2 a.m. Friday when Missouri cheerleader Justin Short got into a fight with his female roommate.

* Freshman forward Jeronne Maymon has left the Marquette basketball team, leaving Buzz Williams without his first recruit as head coach. Reasons for his departure were not disclosed.

* South Carolina men's coach Darrin Horn agreed to a 2-year contract extension, through March 2015, that will increase his salary to $1.1 million per year.

In games last night:

* At Chattanooga, Gani Lawal scored 29 points to lead No. 22 Georgia Tech (7-1) to a 95-64 win.

* At North Carolina-Wilmington, Chad Tomko's 21 points led the Seahawks (4-5) over Campbell, 79-59.

In a women's game:

* At Xavier, freshman Dayeesha Hollins scored 22 points and Michigan (8-2) beat the No. 12 Musketeers (7-2), 72-71. *