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For the second time in its storied basketball history, Kansas is No. 1 in the Associated Press' preseason Top 25 media poll.

The Jayhawks were a runaway choice Thursday, receiving 55 first-place votes from the 65-member panel to easily outdistance Michigan State, which was first on five ballots.

Kansas has all five starters - including guard Sherron Collins and center Cole Aldrich - and the top nine scorers back from last season's team that went 27-8 and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks' recruiting class, which features brothers Xavier and C.J. Henry, was considered among the best.

"My goal for this team isn't to play to that ranking early in the season," said Bill Self, who was the coach the other time Kansas was preseason No. 1, in 2004-05. "My goal is to play to that ranking when it counts the most. I hope it happens soon."

KNIGHT SAYS NO: Former Indiana coach Bob Knight will not attend next week's induction into the athletic department's hall of fame. Athletic director Fred Glass said Knight told him the interest in him would be a distraction from the other six inductees.

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UNC topples Va. Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Casey Barth kicked a 21-yard field goal on the final play and North Carolina stopped No. 14 Virginia Tech all night in a 20-17 victory Thursday.

The Tar Heels (5-4, 1-3 ACC) got their first conference win after forcing a fumble by Ryan Williams at his own 24 with 2:02 left and turning it into the winning drive.

The Hokies (5-3, 3-2), who until losing to No. 11 Georgia Tech 12 days ago were in the national championship picture, lost their second straight.

Virginia Tech lost for just the fifth time in 20 televised Thursday night games and for the first time in six meetings with North Carolina since joining the ACC in 2004.

UCONN STABBING: Christopher Mutchler, 18, committed an act of terrorism by posting Internet messages telling people to "stop the snitching" after the stabbing death of football player Jasper Howard, university police said.

The UConn freshman faces charges of hindering prosecution, committing an act of terrorism and several misdemeanors.

"STOP the snitching and post the names of anyone you know who gave information to the cops," read a post on an ESPNU site. "jazz didnt deserve do die the person who killed him didnt intend to kill HIM anyone who snitched should face the social consequences."

John Lomax III, 21, was charged with murder. Two of his friends face other charges.