Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 61-56 win over West Virginia on Jan. 28, 2013.
Kansas University’s basketball team ascended to the top spot of the USA Today Coaches Poll on Monday for the first time this season and 20th time overall in the 10-year Bill Self era. By Gary Bedore• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said Kansas is a team with experience and a great coach following his team's 61-56 loss on Monday. By Tom Keegan• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
Kansas keeps on winning, but the Jayhawks would make it much easier on themselves if they could eliminate some of their sloppy play on the perimeter, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes. • Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
Jeff Withey and Travis Releford scored 15 points apiece, helping the Kansas men's basketball team to a 61-56 victory over West Virginia on Monday night in Morgantown, W.Va.
WVU (9-11, 2-5 Big 12) closed it to 61-56 with 24 seconds left, but Withey blocked two shots before Releford came away with the defensive rebound as KU ran out the clock.
KU, which won its 18th straight game, held on despite not having in a field goal in the final 6:15.
Releford produced his points on 7-for-9 shooting, while Withey was 6-for-8.
The Jayhawks made 20 of 34 field goals (54 percent), which helped them overcome a poor ball-handling night (16 turnovers).
Ben McLemore added 13 points for KU.
The Jayhawks (19-1, 7-0) will play host to Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. Saturday.