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Volume 3, Issue 3                                    University of Houston

Spartans reclaim top spot in poll; conference 
action underway

NCAA Top 25

Jake McKim

 Bobbi Olson, 65, wife of Lute Olson, head menís basketball coach of Arizona, died of complications of ovarian cancer Monday.

 In a statement, Lute Olson discussed the positive aspects of Bobbiís life and how she affected everyone around her.

 Bobbi faced her illness with great courage, Olson said.

 Her love of family remained her priority, and even in her last moments she continued taking care of and comforting all as only a wife and mother can do, he said.

 Coach Olson took an indefinite leave of absence to be with his wife in her final days. There is no word on when Olson is expected back on the court to coach the Wildcats.

Top 25
 The defending champion Michigan St. Spartans find themselves in a familiar position this week on top of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, looking down at the competition.

 The 10-0 Spartans received 47 first-place votes, fending off No. 2 Stanford, which received 18 first-place votes. Stanford upset then-No.1 Duke on Dec. 21, going on to defeat Fordham and Santa Clara last week, but apparently that wasnít enough to give it the nod over Michigan St.

 Duke notched the No. 3 spot with fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member Wake Forest grabbing the No. 4 spot and Florida rounding out the top five.

 The rest of the Top 25 generally stayed the same with the notable exception of Texas, which found its way into the AP Top 25 for the first time this season. Texas rests at No. 24 with Conference USA member Cincinnati at No. 25.

Upcoming battles
 This week, schools begin conference play -- which always makes for some interesting battles.

 Stanford takes on 8-3 Arizona St. and No. 16 Arizona on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Wake Forest takes on ACC peer No. 13 North Carolina on Saturday and No. 11 Seton Hall battles 9-3 Providence and No. 19 Georgetown.

 Other marquee matchups include No. 14 Syracuse versus 8-2 Notre Dame and 8-3 Pittsburgh, and Cincinnatiís showdown with 7-4 Charlotte.

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