Houston, KU staying in the top 25 as it enters FAU for the first time

Houston and Kansas remained atop the Associated Press men’s basketball poll Monday after a record-breaking 25-loss weekend, while Florida Atlantic took advantage of the chaos to break the standings for the first time in school history.

Eleven top 25 teams fell on Saturday, tying a record that has stood for nearly 12 years, while Connecticut and Marquette also lost on Sunday to give the AP Poll one of the biggest shake-ups in recent history.

The conflicted Cougars, who had to battle out of South Florida to avoid their upset loss, watched their lead over the Jayhawks shrink ever so slightly, as they received 34 of 60 first-place votes from a national media panel. Kansas received 23 votes to remain in second place while Purdue picked the remaining three to remain in third place.

Alabama stayed in fourth while UCLA, on a 13-game winning streak, moved up two places to move closer to the top five.

“We’ve dodged a lot of bullets this year in terms of injuries and things. Sometimes it’s just luck,” said Houston coach Kelvin Sampson. “I thought we were lucky (against South Florida). We could have lost that game.”

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