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Cornell was close, but...

It would've certainly been the upset of the year and possibility of the last 20 years. 

Cornell came oh so close to knocking off No.1 Kansas, but Sherron Collins came through with bigtime play late in the game for the Jayhawks in a 71-66 win at Allen Fieldhouse.   

The Big Red (12-3) actually led, 64-63 with just under a minute remaining. Collins helped the Jayhawks (14-0) remained unblemished as he converted a three-point play with 41.3 seconds left to give Kansas a 66-64 lead.

This certainly answered the question of whether Cornell is for real or not. Combined with wins over Alabama, UMass and St. John's, the Big Red made a big statement staying so close to the Jayhawks.

Cornell has two more non-conference games (South Dakota, Clarkson) before it begins its Ivy schedule against Columbia. Two wins would give the Big Red 15 victories before conference play starts.

So what does all of this mean for Cornell in March? If the Big Red can cruise through its 14-game Ivy schedule, don't be shocked if it gets a seed as high as 10. The NCAA Tournament selection people usually reward tough non-conference schedules. 

As for Kansas, this could knock them off their No.1 perch. With No.2 Texas (14-0) and third-ranked Kentucky (15-0) both sporting unblemished records, the writers could opt to drop Kansas to as low as three when the new poll comes out.  

AP pollsters don't normally punish No.1 teams for close wins, but coming so close against an unranked Ivy League squad could change things. Stay tuned.

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