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Monday, February 8, 2016

Now ranked No. 6, KU to face two top-10 teams this week

West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) left, reaches in to steal the ball from a fast-breaking Wayne Selden Jr., (1)  in a game between the Jayhawks and the Mountaineers at the WVU Colliseum in Morgantown, W.V. Tuesday.

West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) left, reaches in to steal the ball from a fast-breaking Wayne Selden Jr., (1) in a game between the Jayhawks and the Mountaineers at the WVU Colliseum in Morgantown, W.V. Tuesday.

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It’s a top-10 kind of week for Kansas basketball, which remained among the nation’s most highly regarded teams in the latest AP Top 25, released on Monday afternoon.

The Jayhawks (19-4 overall, 7-3 Big 12), now ranked No. 6 in the country, will face two other top-10 teams this week, in a critical stretch of the conference schedule.

First up is a Tuesday night rematch with No. 10 West Virginia (19-4, 8-2), which sits alone atop the Big 12 standings entering the week. The Mountaineers handled KU, 74-63, in Morgantown, W. Va., on Jan. 12.

Then, on Saturday, the Jayhawks travel to Norman, Okla., for Round 2 with No. 3 Oklahoma (19-3, 7-3). The Sooners and Kansas, of course, battled for 55 minutes in a triple-overtime thriller on Jan. 4, and KU survived, 109-106, on its home court.

Villanova took over the No. 1 slot in this week’s AP poll after OU suffered an upset defeat at Kansas State on Saturday. No. 2 Maryland also leap-frogged Oklahoma.

KU moved up one spot in the top 25 this week, as did No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 Xavier, after North Carolina (previously No. 2, and now ranked No. 9), dropped road games at Louisville and Notre Dame.

No. 14 Iowa State, No. 21 Baylor and No. 24 Texas earned top-25 status this week, giving the Big 12 six ranked programs with March just a few weeks away.

Comments

Bryce Landon 5 years, 11 months ago

It's Judgment Week, guys. Whether or not you will be in a position for No. 12-in-a-row hinges on these next two games.

In the meantime, let's hope and pray that Texas downs Oklahoma tonight!

Matt Dimeo 5 years, 11 months ago

One at a time. One half at a time. One possession at a time.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 11 months ago

Is this the best this conference has ever been? Six ranked teams, 3 in the top 10, 7-3 in the Big 12-SEC challenge. 7th place KSU has lost 9 games all against ranked opponents and beat number 1 OU.

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