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Monday, January 21, 2008

No more change at No. 1

I know it's late January. I know there's still six weeks in college basketball's regular season. I know the college football season was crazy.

Yet, I now believe we have seen our only change of the year atop The Associated Press Top 25 men's poll.

That's because I don't think anyone in Conference USA is going to beat the Memphis Tigers, who took over the top spot Monday after then-No. 1 North Carolina's loss to Maryland on Saturday.

When everyone and their brother expanded a few years back, C-USA was stripped of its identity as a basketball league. What used to be a competitive high-major conference has been reduced to Memphis and a bunch of dwarfs.

So go ahead and pen, not pencil, in Memphis as your No. 1 team for the rest of the season. Well, assuming the Tigers get past those two real roadblocks (Gonzaga, Tennesee) they have left on their schedule.


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