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Monday, December 13, 2010

KU basketball moves up to No. 3 in both Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls

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The Kansas men's basketball team moved up to No. 3 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls released Monday.

The Jayhawks are the top Big 12 team in the rankings, followed by Kansas State (No. 6 AP/No. 6 Coaches), Baylor (No. 9/No. 9), Missouri (No. 13/No. 12), Texas (No. 22/No. 25) and Texas A&M; (No. 25/Receiving votes).

Duke is the unanimous No. 1 in both polls.

See how Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan voted in the Associated Press poll.

The full rankings are below.

Associated Press Poll

Record Pts Pvs

  1. Duke (65) 10-0 1,625 1
  2. Ohio St. 8-0 1,547 2
  3. Kansas 9-0 1,467 4
  4. Connecticut 8-0 1,343 6
  5. Syracuse 10-0 1,331 8
  6. Kansas St. 9-1 1,320 5
  7. Tennessee 7-0 1,316 11
  8. Pittsburgh 10-1 1,137 3
  9. Baylor 6-0 1,023 10
  10. Villanova 8-1 926 12
  11. San Diego St. 10-0 914 14
  12. Illinois 10-1 779 16
  13. Missouri 8-1 771 15
  14. Michigan St. 7-3 755 7
  15. Georgetown 9-1 722 9
  16. BYU 10-0 688 18
  17. Kentucky 7-2 668 17
  18. Memphis 7-1 561 13
  19. Purdue 9-1 506 19
  20. Louisville 8-0 464 24
  21. Minnesota 9-1 336 22
  22. Texas 7-2 181 25
  23. UNLV 9-1 181 20
  24. Notre Dame 9-1 165 23
  25. Texas A&M; 9-1 105 —

Others receiving votes: UCF 62, Florida 55, Washington 37, Temple 30, Vanderbilt 29, North Carolina 21, Cleveland St. 15, Arizona 8, Wisconsin 8, Saint Mary’s, Calif. 6, Cincinnati 5, Northwestern 5, Washington St. 5, Richmond 3, Old Dominion 2, West Virginia 2, Boston College 1.

USA Today/ESPN Poll

  1. Duke (31)
  2. Ohio St.
  3. Kansas
  4. Connecticut
  5. Syracuse
  6. Kansas St.
  7. Tennessee
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. Baylor
  10. San Diego St.
  11. Villanova
  12. Missouri
  13. Georgetown
  14. Illinois
  15. Michigan St.
  16. Kentucky
  17. Purdue
  18. BYU
  19. Memphis
  20. Minnesota
  21. Louisville
  22. UNLV
  23. Notre Dame
  24. Florida
  25. Texas

Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M; 39, Washington 35, Wisconsin 29, West Virginia 28, Vanderbilt 19, Temple 15, Northwestern 15, UCF 12, Richmond 6, North Carolina 6, New Mexico 5, Cleveland St. 4, Cincinnati 3, Old Dominion 3, Wichita St. 2, Washington St. 1

Comments

Jeremy LeMaster 8 years, 11 months ago

Mich St. is still No. 14 / No. 15 and they are 7-3... that doesn't seem right.

caddie733 8 years, 11 months ago

Just presenting the other side...KU only beat UCLA by 1 at home. So, I think it is dangerous to look at how much someone beat someone. It is all about match-ups, a win is a win. Oakland is a solid team (there schedule is crazy hard), they played Illinois very tough on the road as well.

It may not seem right to have MSU ranked with 3 losses, but does anyone truly doubt that they are one of the better teams. The UCONN loss was a bit of a surprise (but UCONN has since validated that they are good). And anyone who watched their effort against Duke, on the road, has to believe that MSU is as deserving of their ranking as we are being ranked #3.

Phoggin_Loud 8 years, 11 months ago

MSU lost to Duke, UConn, & Syracuse.

All 3 of them are top 5 teams.

Ron Franklin 8 years, 11 months ago

I'm confused by your post....

IF you can't remember the teams you watch, how can you rank them?

Also,

How can you agree with Phoggin & TaCity when they present opposing arguments.

David Hewitt 8 years, 11 months ago

The following teams are undefeated:

Duke: 10-0 (AP: 1) Kansas: 9-0 (AP: 3) Baylor: 6-0 (AP: 9) Syracuse: 10-0 (AP: 5) Cincinnati: 8-0 Connecticut: 8-0 (AP: 4) Louisville: 8-0 (AP: 20) Ohio State: 8-0 (AP: 2) Northwestern: 5-0 UCF: 8-0 Cleveland State: 12-0 BYU: 10-0 (AP: 16) SDSU: 10-0 (AP: 11) Tennessee: 7-0 (AP: 7)

At this point, basketball has been going for more than a month. All of the above teams deserve to be ranked until they lose.

Jeff Coffman 8 years, 11 months ago

I don't know who, but I believe on Saturday they said there were 16 undefeated teams. I think there are two that are unranked. I wouldn't be surprised if one of them is from the ivy league, but just as an FYI. Sorry I didn't have time to actually research the other 2.

David Hewitt 8 years, 11 months ago

Pitt was undefeated going into Saturday, before they lost to Tennessee. Harvard has the fewest losses in the Ivy at 2. The list above is by conference, pulled from ESPN's complete division 1 standings. It's possible I missed someone, but more likely that someone else lost on Saturday.

That's 10 ranked teams, and 4 unranked (Cincinnati, Northwestern, UCF and Cleveland State).

David Hewitt 8 years, 11 months ago

Tennessee & Louisville both lost today, so that drops the number of undefeateds to 12. 8 currently ranked, 4 unranked.

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 11 months ago

UConn and Syracuse are right behind KU breathing down our necks. Should we be #3? I am going to withhold comment until after I see Selby play----you will hear back from me for sure.

Martin Rosenblum 8 years, 11 months ago

But, he hasn't had a big toe on the court during a game so far. How could his sitting on the bench have affected our rankings either up or down?

jayhawkinATL 8 years, 11 months ago

Still can't believe K-State's ranking...so over-hyped!!!

Scott Smetana 8 years, 11 months ago

Who have we beaten? Memphis will not make the tourney. I'd rather be Mich St. Right now having played 3 of the top 10 teams. Who cares if we're undefeated. I want to be battle tested in 2 months.

kcn18 8 years, 11 months ago

I wonder if Dick Vitale still picks KU to finish 4th.....IN THE BIG 12...

Jeff Coffman 8 years, 11 months ago

He picked them 5th, but during one of the games he has recanted and said that the Big XII will go through Lawrence.

Of course he recanted his All-american pick of Harrison Barnes...go figure.

Bruce Brock 8 years, 11 months ago

Cool. We're back to the good old days of the Big 8 -- KU #3, K-State #6, Misery #13. Whipping one's rivals is always good, but exponentially better when they put up a fight and the victory means something on the national stage. Now the Hawks just have to actually go out and perform the whipping. ...

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 11 months ago

@ jayhawkinnebr----got a good laugh at your last post----thanks, I needed that!

@ njjayhawk---I agree with you wholeheartedly---Duke should be the only team ahead of the Jayhawks.

BCRavenJHawkfan 8 years, 11 months ago

I'll get hate mail for this: I think the Orange has an argument to be #3.

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 11 months ago

You're not going to get any hate mail from me. I know I agreed with njjayhawk that Duke should be only team ahead of the Jayhawks. However, you have a good argument. UConn and Syracuse---they play each other, right? A lot of games before things start to shake out. Plus, the addition of Selby, should make things very interesting, in relation to the National Rankings.

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 11 months ago

Speaking of interesting. . . . .

10--San Diego State (plays in the same League as Colorado State), just squeezed by Cal Poly, 51-45. Are the Aztecs feeling the pressure of being #10?

Jared Grillot 8 years, 11 months ago

51-45? Wow. That's like a high school game score.

yates33333 8 years, 11 months ago

With the exception of Pittsburgh and Villanova there is no doubt about the top ten. Despite records and past performances I would consider Michigan State and Kentucky as possible replacements. I bet they could beat Pittsburgh, and maybe Villanova.

slowplay 8 years, 11 months ago

2 through 5 are pretty much interchangable, especially at this time of the year. Come early February, we can start to seperate the men from the boys.

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 11 months ago

Tennessee takes it on the chin----X off another undefeated team----Yahoo! #7 Tennessee bites the dust in Knoxville, no less!

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