LAWRENCE, Kan. Bill Self didn't just pass on the bait. Oh, no. No, sir. He spit it out and pushed it away, like a toddler and a plate of broccoli. Then he ran screaming from the thing, the way they do in a Warner Brothers cartoon.
Reporter: "Coach, do you have any thoughts about being No. 1, potentially, on Monday "
Self: "No. No way are we deserving. Somebody's got to be it, though."
And there's the rub, kids. The top of the college basketball poll has become a race of attrition, and, at the moment, every ship leaks. Duke went to Miami and woke up in Havana, shirtless and bruised. Syracuse got ambushed in Philly. Arizona was jumped by UCLA in the Wildcats' backyard. Louisville's spent the week hydroplaning down the eastern seaboard.
Which leaves you with 18-1 Michigan (No. 2 in the AP Poll and No. 3 in the coaches). Or 18-1 Kansas (No. 3 and No. 2 respectively), winners of 17 straight.
The Wolverines visit mercurial Illinois (15-5) on Sunday night. The Jayhawks on Saturday ...