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Volume 3, Issue 1                                    University of Houston

Kansas falls to No. 10; NCAA is going overboard 
with suspensions

NCAA Top 25

Keenan Singleton

Still eons away from American sport's most exciting postseason, March Madness, collegiate basketball teams are shaking off the rust and gearing up to put themselves into a favorable position when the spring tournament comes.

But perennial powers like Duke, Arizona and Kansas always seem to winterize their programs and are never too far from the top spot, and this year is no different. Duke sits at No. 1, while the Wildcats fell two spots to No. 7 after a controversial loss to Connecticut this week.

Roy Williams' Kansas team took the biggest hit, falling to No. 10 after getting baptized by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 84-53 last week.

Here's how the rest of the top 25 rounds out:

Rankings

1.) Duke

2.) Michigan State

3.) Stanford

4.) Tennessee

5.) Illinois

6.) Wake Forest

7.) Arizona

8.) Florida

9.) Seton Hall

10.) Kansas

11.) Connecticut

12.) Syracuse

13.) Southern California

14.) Virginia

15.) North Carolina

16.) Wisconsin

17.) Cincinnati

18.) Alabama

19.) Oklahoma

20.) Maryland

21.) Notre Dame

22.) Iowa

23.) Mississippi

24.) Georgetown

25.) Arkansas

'Raising Arizona'

Is it time to suspend the NCAA?

After the mind-boggling suspensions of Arizona stars Richard Jefferson and Loren Woods, the answer is becoming a resounding "yes."

Jefferson was excused for one game after accepting an airline ticket from his best friend's father. That in itself is suspicious, but Jefferson's pal is Luke Walton, son of college and NBA great Bill Walton.

"Bill Walton is not an agent," Arizona head coach Lute Olson told the media. "He's not looking for something out of this. I think common sense is what somehow or another needs to be written into the guidelines. I guess it's a case where if anyone tries to do something decent for you, you'd better decline because it's probably a violation."

Woods accepted money from a longtime friend when he injured his back at the end of last season.

"It was a person that I have known for a long time," Woods said. "He helped me out when I needed it. The NCAA says it was too much. That is the way it is."

Olson believes that, if questionable rulings such as the ones handed down on his team continue, many Division I programs would consider leaving the NCAA.

"Situations like this one certainly make you wonder if what's being said isn't something to be considered," Olson said.

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