Originally published February 2, 2009 at 01:42p.m., updated February 2, 2009 at 02:26p.m.

KU returns to rankings in both Top 25 polls


After a lengthy absence, the Kansas University men's basketball team has returned to the Top 25.

In the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, out today, the Jayhawks are ranked No. 24, in front of Washington, who Kansas defeated earlier this season, and behind Arizona State. They're ranked number No. 21 in the Associated Press poll.

Only three Big 12 teams are in either of the current polls. Missouri is receiving votes in both polls; Baylor, who Kansas meets tonight, is receiving votes in the Coaches' Poll and Kansas State is receiving votes in the AP poll..

Complete AP poll:

1. Connecticut (64)20-1

2. Oklahoma (5)21-1

3. North Carolina (3)19-2

4. Duke19-2

5. Louisville17-3

6. Pittsburgh19-2

7. Wake Forest17-2

8. Marquette19-2

9. Xavier19-2

10. Clemson18-2

11. Butler19-1

12. Purdue17-4

13. Michigan St.17-4

14. Memphis18-3

15. UCLA17-4

16. Texas15-5

17. Villanova17-4

18. Gonzaga16-4

19. Minnesota18-3

20. Syracuse17-5

21. Kansas17-4

22. Washington16-5

23. Illinois18-4

24. Arizona St.16-5

25. Utah St.21-1

Others receiving votes: Dayton 95, Davidson 85, Missouri 39, Penn St. 37, LSU 36, South Carolina 33, West Virginia 33, UNLV 29, Florida 24, Providence 14, Southern Cal 8, Notre Dame 7, Kansas St. 4, Siena 4, Northeastern 3, Ohio St. 3, Arizona 2, Kentucky 2, Florida St. 1, N. Iowa 1, VMI 1.

Complete Coaches' Poll:

1. Connecticut (28) 20-1 772

2. Oklahoma (3) 21-1 729

3. Duke 19-2 682

4. North Carolina 19-2 670

5. Pittsburgh 19-2 633

6. Wake Forest 17-2 609

7. Louisville 17-3 604

8. Marquette 19-2 586

9. Xavier 19-2 529

10. Clemson 18-2 487

11. Butler 19-1 456

12. UCLA 17-4 400

13. Purdue 17-4 369

14. Michigan State 17-4 356

15. Memphis 18-3 309

16. Villanova 17-4 298

17. Texas 15-5 274

18. Gonzaga 16-4 201

19. Minnesota 18-3 197

20. Syracuse 17-5 162

21. Illinois 18-4 126

22. Utah State 21-1 106

23. Arizona State 16-5 104

24. Kansas 17-4 100

25. Washington 16-5 78

Others Receiving Votes

Dayton 69, Missouri 30, Davidson 27, UNLV 19, Saint Mary's 18, USC 15, Penn State 13, LSU 10, South Carolina 8, Florida 6, West Virginia 5, Notre Dame 4, Georgetown 3, Kentucky 3, Baylor 3, Brigham Young 2, Utah 2, Boston College 1.


billswinners 12 years, 8 months ago

I would just as soon waited a week for this news. Now the bullseye is on the jayhawks even more.

MIZ_NIT 12 years, 8 months ago

This isn't good. And seriously Mizzou is gettin votes after getting ravaged by K State? Paper Tigers...

YaBoyJrod 12 years, 8 months ago

Great news for Baylor going into this game....

chicagoeddie 12 years, 8 months ago


Dirk Medema 12 years, 8 months ago

Agreed Billswinners. I thought it was beneficial for the young guys to continue to fly under the radar, and keep the carrot out of reach. Tonight's game will be a big indicator as to how much they have matured so far this season. This is the appetizer for the next four big games (OSU/home, at Paige, at kstate).

Ben Kane 12 years, 8 months ago

I was suprised to see we are one point favs tonight after the Keeg and Newell both picked up to lose. Where's the faith guys? I'm saying KU comes out strong, determined, and focused ... wins by 6.

mace221 12 years, 8 months ago

AP poll voters are still giving North Carolina #1 votes...absolutley retarded.

KUPROUD 12 years, 8 months ago

Although I also prefer that we continue to grow without alot of fanfare, another side of this is that WE ARE KANSAS, and our team needs to believe that we belong with the big boys, and it's time to play with the drive and toughness to prove it. Like most of us, I had this road game circled as the real beginning of our drive for the Big 12 title. I'll be coaching my hardest from my front row living room seat.

Code_2008 12 years, 8 months ago

I guess to get votes, you gotta upset Texas...Anybody banking on KSU making the tournament?

Matt Bowers 12 years, 8 months ago

You come to Kansas to play in some of the most difficult environments and to prove yourself. If being ranked is motivation for another team, it is because their programs lack history. The ranking is not what we should be worried about. KU should be worried about whether or not our team is going to play defense and if our field general can keep his cool. You can not walk into Baylor, have a bad game, and come out with a victory. This is a winnable game, but KU needs to put itself in a situation to win. Here's hoping that is the case. Rock Chalk

jayhawkinATL 12 years, 8 months ago

Yeah...let's see how long we can hold onto it!!!

kusarge 12 years, 8 months ago

Here's to us not having a 10-minute lapse tonight! KU by 8....Collins out to prove himself, easily motivated after poor Saturday performance at home. HCBS, master motivator, gets KU ready to run through walls tonight. Rock Chalk!In regards to KSU - they are going to have to "steal" another game in order to be in the conversation for the NCAAs, I was just having this conversation before logging on.

JayhawkPhil64 12 years, 8 months ago

I'm glad we are are rated again but this could not have happened at a worse time. Getting into the to 25 for the first time in a while is like being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Bad things seem to happen. Baylor has nothing to lose and will come out with guns blazing. Hopefully we can get our offense going, particularly since defense has not been their long suit this year.On the good side, typically after a team has a really bad game, they usually come back and have a much better game. I hope that is the case tonight because we really didn't play our finest in the Colorado game which should have been our easiest league game of the year. At any rate, the game tonight should be exciting. Go JayHawks!

Blake Brown 12 years, 8 months ago

We are 7 1/2 point underdogs in one book tonight and now the kiss of rankings. We played poorly and won the last 2. Now we can play up to our potential and win in front of an audience that carries the east coast bias. Important for our egos, the team and ours.ROCK CHALK!

Jesse Newell 12 years, 8 months ago

1bighawkfan — What book is that? Is that listed somewhere on the 'Net?Just curious. I've only seen Baylor favored by around 1.

mcorti 12 years, 8 months ago

i like the ranking. i hope it gives us some much needed swagger and ownership. lets do this thing!

mcorti 12 years, 8 months ago

by the way, I think Baylor has EVERYTHING to lose. They are suppost to be a better team this year then they are showing themselves to be as of late. Their conference record is really weak right now and a lose to KU could really hurt them even more - they only get 1 shot at the Hawks. I would expect this game to be a tight one if both teams show up.

Matt Beat 12 years, 8 months ago

How the heck is Texas still even in the top 25?

Jim Pendleton 12 years, 8 months ago

The ranking that I think is pretty humorous is UConn being #1, while they are only in third place in their league going into tonight's game against UL. Don't get me wrong, UConn is very good, but I do think that is funny.I personally thought we would jump back in this week. The bottom four teams in last week's poll all lost at least once while we won twice. Yes we are likely to have a stumble or two going forward, but the more we can win and keep hanging around the polls, the better chance we will have at being a top four seed come March and playing at Sprint Center the first two rounds.

Blake Brown 12 years, 8 months ago

jnewell: The book referred appeared in the Los Angeles Times this morning.

Blake Brown 12 years, 8 months ago

Thank God, Vitale is doing the first game tonight.

Don Everett 12 years, 8 months ago

Vitale rarely does the second game on Monday's. That is not a surprise.

Dan Pawlowski 12 years, 8 months ago

Don't get your panties in a bunch, it is only 21 and 24 in the polls. Hardly a bulls eye.

Don Everett 12 years, 8 months ago

Nice that some fans are over reacting as usual. It's better to be ranked than not to be. Who cares when it happens. Last year, the only time KU was ranked #1 was after the Championship Game. Get over yourselves and enjoy the success of this year's hard work, which was not expected to happen.

Ervin O'Neal 12 years, 8 months ago

Arizona received 2 votes in the Coaches Poll???? Other than the AZ coach, what team would want to see AZ get ranked? Ohhhhh, never mind. lol

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