Monday, December 20, 2010

KU stays at No. 3 in both polls


The Kansas men's basketball team stayed at No. 3 in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and Associated Press poll released Monday.

KU was one of six Big 12 teams to make the coaches poll. Missouri moved up two spots to No. 10, while Kansas State fell from sixth to 11th after a loss to Florida. Baylor, meanwhile, dropped six spots from ninth to 15th after a loss to Gonzaga.

Texas (22nd) and Texas A&M; (24th) were the other Big 12 teams in the top 25.

In the AP ranking, Missouri was ninth, followed by KSU (11th), Baylor (15th), Texas (18th) and Texas A&M; (25th).

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

The full rankings are below.

ESPN/USA Today coaches poll

  1. Duke (31) 10-0 775
  2. Ohio State 10-0 743
  3. Kansas 10-0 709
  4. Connecticut 8-0 675
  5. Syracuse 11-0 658
  6. Pittsburgh 11-1 597
  7. San Diego State 12-0 564
  8. Villanova 9-1 546
  9. Georgetown 10-1 492
  10. Missouri 10-1 484
  11. Kansas State 9-2 422
  12. Michigan State 8-3 386
  13. Purdue 10-1 375
  14. Kentucky 8-2 371
  15. Baylor 7-1 318
  16. Minnesota 10-1 275
  17. Memphis 8-1 235
  18. Tennessee 7-2 214
  19. Florida 8-2 183
  20. Notre Dame 10-1 171
  21. Illinois 10-2 161
  22. Texas 9-2 152
  23. Brigham Young 10-1 150
  24. Texas A&M; 10-1 81
  25. Louisville 9-1 73

Others receiving votes: UCF 47, Wisconsin 39, West Virginia 32, UNLV 32, Washington 27, Northwestern 21, Temple 20, Vanderbilt 15, New Mexico 13, Wichita State 5, Oklahoma State 4, Old Dominion 3, Saint Mary's 3, Washington State 2, Cincinnati 1, Richmond 1.

Associated Press poll

  1. Duke (64) 10-0 1624
  2. Ohio State (1) 10-0 1551
  3. Kansas 10-0 1479
  4. Connecticut 8-0 1408
  5. Syracuse 11-0 1395
  6. Pittsburgh 11-1 1270
  7. San Diego State 12-0 1134
  8. Villanova 9-1 1118
  9. Missouri 10-1 1009
  10. Georgetown 10-1 980
  11. Kansas State 9-2 866
  12. Michigan State 8-3 858
  13. Kentucky 8-2 850
  14. Purdue 10-1 712
  15. Baylor 7-1 684
  16. Memphis 8-1 577
  17. Minnesota 10-1 504
  18. Texas 9-2 429
  19. Tennessee 7-2 411
  20. Florida 8-2 382
  21. Illinois 10-2 370
  22. Notre Dame 10-1 327
  23. Brigham Young 10-1 302
  24. UCF 10-0 258
  25. Texas A&M; 10-1 246

Others Receiving Votes: Louisville 124, Vanderbilt 49, Washington 49, Temple 39, West Virginia 24, Wisconsin 16, Northwestern 15, Cincinnati 14, North Carolina 10, UNLV 10, Arizona 8, Drexel 6, St. Mary's 3, Gonzaga 3, Washington State 3, Boston College 2, Oklahoma State 2, Old Dominion 2, Cleveland State 1, New Mexico 1.


KU_FanSince75 7 years, 5 months ago

Hey, stay at #3 until the Championship game of the NCAA in Houston, baby!

Jeremy LeMaster 7 years, 5 months ago


KU was already #3 in both polls last week (week 5, Dec 13th) as they moved up from fourth in both polls after Pitt lost to Tennessee. This week there was no change in our standing.

Jesse Newell 7 years, 5 months ago

Thanks. You are correct. It's been fixed.

danmoore 7 years, 5 months ago

Looks nice but we are not the third best team in the country right now.

Chris Shaw 7 years, 5 months ago

6 Big 12 teams in the Top 25. I like the sound of that. Just think, the Big 12 will be the best basketball conference in the country next year when you get rid of Colorado and Nebraska. 6 of the 10 Big 12 teams being ranked has a nice ring to it.

Texas had a nice win against UNC over the weekend.

A&M had a very nice win against Arkansas as well

K-State and Baylor both stunk it up against Florida and Gonzaga.

kesmithstl1 7 years, 5 months ago

Agree! Not only did Baylor lose...they lost at home to an average Gonzaga team. K-State is a mess right now.

Kent Wells 7 years, 5 months ago

kushaw: 6 of the 10 Big 12 teams being ranked has a weird ring to it!

I can't make fun of the Big 10 anymore!

Dr_Roach 7 years, 5 months ago

I was really thinking Baylor would win that game.

Brett Forreal 7 years, 5 months ago

Yep, looks good, but something needs to improve soon; not going to be so fortunate every time. Right now there is no way we are as good as Puke orOSU at least from what I've seen.

Jarod Kilgore 7 years, 5 months ago

But they are better right now. Isn't that what the polls are for?

kufaninmo 7 years, 5 months ago

Yeah Ohio state is consistently overrated. Even in football, they play a bunch of softies in the big ten then get embarrassed nationally in the championship game every year. There is some bias in the media probably due to the size of the school and it's influence.

KU_FanSince75 7 years, 5 months ago

We can beat the Buckeyes, KSA, no doubt in my mind. Let the other Big 10 teams worry about Ohio State.

SDSurferFan 7 years, 5 months ago

Thoughts on the pac10 this year, since KU had a tough time with 3 of them? Last year I had the whole conf gone by the first weekend and they stepped up. IMAO, after watching the games vs KU I think these teams could be good come March. They all have 'talented, young' players that played well against KU and will be a lot more seasoned come March.

gchawk 7 years, 5 months ago

You are absolutely right about the tough times we've had with the PAC 10 teams we've faced, and am plenty concerned about Cal on Wednesday. After the game on Saturday, Coach Self talked about our matchup with USC and said that he told our guys earlier in the week that it would be a dogfight, and he was definitely right. To USC's credit they did whip Texas earlier so I think they'll be a force to be reckoned with this entire season. The PAC 10 has some great talent this year, they should be represented very well in the NCAA tournament.

KU_FanSince75 7 years, 5 months ago

@ SDSurferFan---- You can throw the Aztecs, from your neck of the woods, San Diego State, in the mix of March Madness, too! I agree with you, in regard to the Pac 10, though.

KU_FanSince75 7 years, 5 months ago

KU is 10-0 and survived a good test from USC. The good news----there is still a lot of areas to improve upon. The top 25 doesn't mean a thing really until the seedings come out for the tourney. As long as, KU can stay in the Top 5, going into the Field of 65 (now 68 or 70 or whatever it is now), they'll be fine. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

KU_FanSince75 7 years, 5 months ago

BTW----always interesting when the rankings come out. There's always one or two teams that struggle to keep their ranking in tact. For example, #20 Florida lost to Jacksonville, 71-68 in OT; #16 Memphis struggled with Texas A&M-CC, 68-63. Just keeps things exciting, especially when the Jayhawks find new ways to win ball games. RCJH.

danmoore 7 years, 5 months ago

I don't think we're playing that well but it's a good sign when a team that has not put it all together, still finds a way to win.

Given the level of competition, it will be a tough road but I think we win the conference. Our depth will eventually win the battle of attrition. Plus, we have the best coach.

Clarence Haynes 7 years, 5 months ago

UCONN barely defeated Coppin State (Balto) of the MEAC Conference last night. Thus far it is a one dimensional team- Kemba Walker.

KPOP 7 years, 5 months ago

eventually you have to earn your ranking. Once conference season starts and teams begin to lose games, its the teams that continue to win that move up in the polls. I suspect KU will spend a few weeks at Number 1 this year.

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