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Monday, January 21, 2013

KU moves up to No. 2 in coaches poll, No. 3 in AP

Kansas guard Travis Releford celebrates as time expires in the Jayhawks' 64-59 comeback win against Texas on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kansas guard Travis Releford celebrates as time expires in the Jayhawks' 64-59 comeback win against Texas on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

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The Kansas men's basketball team moved up to No. 2 in the USA Today coaches poll and also into a tie for third in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday.

The Jayhawks (16-1) received eight of 31 first-place votes in the coaches poll and seven of 65 first-place votes in the AP ranking.

Duke is No. 1 in both polls. In the AP poll, Michigan is No. 2, followed by KU and Syracuse, who tied for third.

Kansas State — KU's opponent Tuesday — is the only other Big 12 team ranked in either poll. The Wildcats are 11th in the AP ranking and 13th in the coaches' ballot.

The full rankings are below.

See how Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan voted.

Associated Press

1. Duke (39)

2. Michigan (11)

3. Kansas (7)

3. Syracuse (8)

5. Louisville

6. Arizona

7. Indiana

8. Florida

9. Butler

10. Gonzaga

11. Kansas State

12. Minnesota

13. Michigan State

14. Ohio State

15. New Mexico

16. Oregon

17. Creighton

18. North Carolina State

19. Virginia Commonwealth

20. Wichita State

21. Cincinnati

22. Missouri

23. Mississippi

24. Notre Dame

25. Miami (Fla.)

USA Today coaches poll

  1. Duke (20)
  2. Kansas (8)
  3. Michigan (1)
  4. Syracuse (2)
  5. Louisville
  6. Arizona
  7. Florida
  8. Indiana
  9. Butler
  10. Gonzaga
  11. Michigan St.
  12. Creighton
  13. Kansas St.
  14. Minnesota
  15. Ohio St.
  16. VCU
  17. New Mexico
  18. N.C. State
  19. Oregon
  20. Cincinnati
  21. Wichita St.
  22. Missouri
  23. Notre Dame
  24. Mississippi
  25. San Diego St.

Comments

ollerfarm 1 year, 2 months ago

In 1964-65 KU KSU and Wichita were all three ranked according to the Stars and Stripes that I was reading in Viet Nam at the time. I like it a lot better here in Kansas. Rock Chaulk Jayhawk, beat KSU! And they did it one more time in the house of Doom! K State should resume playing in Ahern, just when KU comes to Manhattan.

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William Blake 1 year, 2 months ago

Love the photo. Trav ripping out a vocal in quiet Erpwin Center.

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Raydude 1 year, 2 months ago

HEY!! WHERE THE XXX IS north carolina and roy williams? Don't they deserve at least a vote......? or MAYBE THEY GET AN OBJECTIVE....WHAT THEY DESERVE???

Maybe we get Bill Self, Dr. Zenger, HCCW, Diamond Dixon and lots of Wins, Rankings, Olympic Gold Medals, and Positive PR?

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milwaukeeJAYHAWK 1 year, 2 months ago

Is good to temper high rankings with realistic qualms about overconfidence in March.....

....BUT it doesn't hurt recruiting to be mentioned at the top all the time, so I'll take #1 or 2 or 3 any day of the week.

Great job, Hawks!

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jhawkrulz 1 year, 2 months ago

Fact we have a better record in their house then they do. Fact we have a better record in their house then we do at AFH.

I wonder which assistant is the scout for the kitty kats, I think that has something to do with how we play offensively, and expecially defensively.

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Lifelong_Jayhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

Just now saw ESPN report that Mistake coach Frank Haith is about to find himself in hot water with the NCAA for his transgressions at Miami. Mistake is about to pay dearly for another bad decision by Mike Alden.

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Justin Daniel 1 year, 2 months ago

Our point guard play, our on ball defense, and production at the 4 spot all need to dramatically improve in order for Kansas to truly deserve the number 2 ranking.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 2 months ago

A call to arms, boys. K-State is on a winning streak, nationally ranked, and primed for the upset. The stars are in line for them to make the dream come true.

Crush that dream. Show no mercy. Rock Chalk.

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Milton Bland 1 year, 2 months ago

K-State has not had a basketball coach with any class since they lost Lon Kruger. Huggins acts like a thug most of the time, and Frank Martin appears to be out of his mind. As for Weber, I guess K-State envied the success KU achieved by hiring away an Illinois Coach. Only problem is Weber is a jerk, and mediocre coach at best. There is only one Bill Self!

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Scott Smetana 1 year, 2 months ago

I feel this is a huge game for BMAC with Ellis and Tharpe asserting themselves the as possible starters come March.

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Boouk 1 year, 2 months ago

Michigan ahead of KU? The voters obviously haven't followed Ohio State's season at all.

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nostradavid 1 year, 2 months ago

CRUSH the "CATS ! (and watch out for Wichita State in March)

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 2 months ago

I posted this earlier, but Bruce Weber is, to say the least, not a favorite of HCBS. Compared to Weber, Bill would have Scott Drew be a godfather to one of his children.

1] When Weber took over at Illinois, he claimed none of Bill's kids could play ball and he, himself taught them to be NCAA contenders.

2] Wouldn't schedule Kansas for love nor money.

3] Held a mock funeral to "bury" the memory of the Self era at Illinois.

4] Oh, by the way, Weber's success rating after Bill's kids graduated.....like a ski slope - all down hill!!!!!!!

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

I can't wait for tomorrow so we can expose the most over-rated team in America. By 9:00 pm tomorrow night the purple fans will forever refer to their little gymnasium as the Octagon of Gloom.

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Raydude 1 year, 2 months ago

Dear Staff Reports: You should mention our good neighbor, Wichita State University. With all major Kansas D1 schools ranked, kudo's to all.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 2 months ago

I wonder if Kansas State is printing memorial sports pages and T-shirts to sell before the game showing them favored by the point spread over Kansas?? :)

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

Self would say rankings matter at tourney-seeding time. That and collecting signature wins along the way, and not losing to a dumpster team (ie, dont give them a signature win). Well the law-of-avg-gods might come around, as we are due for an offensive explosion. Would love to blow up that Craptogon.

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jayhawkinnc 1 year, 2 months ago

With the exception of 2008, KU always plays its worst game of the season as a 1 seed. I've always been more comfortable being a 2 seed and under the radar like last year. Below are some of our losses as a 1 seed:

1986 - lost to Duke in Final Four. Danny fouled out and had just 4 points (at least we got there, but with today's video/clock rules....we may not have made it due to the clock malfunction vs. Michigan State in the Sweet 16)

1992 - lost to UTEP in 2nd round 1995 - lost to Virginia in Sweet 16 in KC 1997 - lost to Arizona in Sweet 16 1998 - lost to Rhode Island in 2nd round 2002 - lost to Maryland by 9 (we were down 20 at one point) in Final Four after being up 11 early

2007 - lost to UCLA in Elite 8 68-55 (LOTS of missed bunnnies for us) 2010 - lost to Northern Iowa in 2nd round 2011 - lost to VCU in Elite 8 by ten points. 2 of 23 from 3 range.

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adamjhwkfan 1 year, 2 months ago

Andy Katz and ESPN are picking us to lose tomorrow.. come on boys, let's get this offensive slump busted!

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

Oh, and where the F is that stupid Kentucky troll, BBall2012????? Fell off some cliff? (rankings cliff, eh?). Where y'at? SmallBlueMildPussy(Cat)?

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

I don't care where we're ranked right now - just beat the living crap out of K-State tomorrow and I'll be happy.

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kranny 1 year, 2 months ago

I think that getting a number one seed is dependent on being a top five team throughout the year. Being number one lets you know that the bar has been set and to stay there you'd better bring it every game. I like being number one.

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Mallory Rempp 1 year, 2 months ago

I'd certainly rather we not be number one. Quite frankly, I was fine with the #4 spot. The closer to #1 you get, the hungrier opponents are to beat you.

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FearlessJayhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

Being number one doesn't mean a thing. Just give me a number one seed in March.

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Ron Prichard 1 year, 2 months ago

Sounds about right to me. Although if we don't start playing better on the offensive end, we won't be #2 for long. Also good to see Wichita State in the top 25 again. They had a huge win this weekend.

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