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Late slump doomstop-ranked Kansas

Associated Press
Published December 7, 2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. - First-year Kansas coach Bill Self said he didn't believe the Jayhawks deserved their No. 1 ranking.

They proved him right.

Matt Lottich scored 18, including a 3-pointer with 2:27 left, and No. 21 Stanford beat the top-ranked Jayhawks 64-58 on Saturday in the John Wooden Classic.

Thanks to upsets of the top four teams, Kansas moved from sixth to first in the poll. But it is likely to be replaced when the new poll comes out Monday.

"You don't think we can hang on?" Self said with a smile. "There are not that many great teams the first month of the season. This isn't an upset. Teams don't become teams in November and early December.

"I think obviously Stanford was better than us. Give them credit. They played us smart, made us play to some weaknesses. Our passing was horrendous."

Two free throws by Wayne Simien with 4:26 left finished a 6-0 run by Kansas to tie at 54.

But the Jayhawks were outscored 10-1 after that before Omar Wilkes' meaningless 3-pointer in the final seconds.

Lottich made two free throws with 4:05 left to put Stanford ahead for good. He hit his 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired to make it 59-55.

Chris Hernandez made four free throws and Justin Davis another one to give the Cardinal a nine-point lead.

"My stroke felt well all game," Lottich said. "Any time I got open, I was going to shoot it."

Hernandez was 0-for-6 from the field but went 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.

"Down the stretch, Lottich hits a huge 3. Chris was nails from the line, and we kept our poise," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "This presented a great opportunity for us. We've been in this position before - being No. 1. People just get pumped up to play you. It means so much on a national basis, people are going to talk about it."

Aaron Miles scored 11 to lead Kansas, which had only six assists, four by Miles.

"We had a lot of one-pass-and-shot scenarios against the zone," Kansas' Keith Langford said. "You place the blame squarely on the players' shoulders."

Kansas shot 36.7 percent to Stanford's 32.7.

A three-point play by Langford with 8:23 left capped a 7-0 spurt and put the Jayhawks ahead 46-45, their only lead.

A 3-pointer by Lottich triggered a 7-0 Stanford run that made it 52-46 with 6:24 left.

The Wooden Classic is named for former UCLA coach John Wooden, who guided the Bruins to 10 NCAA titles in a 12-year span before retiring in 1975.

The 93-year-old Wooden attended the doubleheader, as he usually does, and received a standing ovation from 17,816 when introduced.

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