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Monday, January 4, 2016

Kansas takes over No. 1 spot in AP poll

Jayhawks face No. 2 Oklahoma on Big Monday

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) celebrates a Holy Cross turnover during the first half, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) celebrates a Holy Cross turnover during the first half, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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It’s official. Kansas University is the new No. 1-ranked team in the nation in the latest AP poll — just in time for Monday night’s clash with new No. 2 Oklahoma, at Allen Fieldhouse (8 p.m. tip, ESPN).

Ranked No. 2 last week, KU (12-1) moved up a spot after previous No. 1 Michigan State (14-1) lost at Iowa without star guard Denzel Valentine, who helped the Spartans defeat the Jayhawks on a neutral floor in November.

This is the first time coach Bill Self’s Jayhawks have earned the No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 since Feb. 14, 2011. No current KU players were on the roster at that time.

In Self’s 12-plus seasons at Kansas, his teams are 5-2 against ranked opponents as the No. 1 team in the AP poll.

Allen Fieldhouse last saw a 1-versus-2 matchup on Feb. 13, 1990, and No. 2 Missouri beat top-ranked Kansas, 77-71.

Monday’s KU-OU showdown marks the first time in Big 12 history the league has the nation’s two top teams facing each other.

Oklahoma moved to No. 1 in the new USA Today Coaches Poll, in which Kansas ranks No. 2.

None by AP Top 25

Comments

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Let's hope this one goes a lot differently from the 1990 game vs Mistake.

Kent Richardson 3 years, 10 months ago

I hope you are right for sure. Knowing that this #1 is really meaningless, except for maybe recruiting purposes, unless we keep it for a while. Knowing that it is more important where we finish up... blah, blah, blah. Still gets my juices flowing. Ha!

This board will explode all day long. Nice!

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 10 months ago

It's great for hype, TV, ratings, recruiting, don't meeen nuthin in terms of the season. We just happened to float to the top after everyone ahead of us lost. Really need to get into February for the Top 25 to give a clear picture of where everyone really stands. Meanwhile, let's lower the Boom on the Sooners!

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

I thought ISU was going to pull off the upset but it didn't happen., Tonight KU needs to hold serve at home against OU. At this point I'm not really concerned about rankings, this game is far more important in winning the BIG 12 conference.

Couldn't help but notice the coaches poll has Oklahoma ranked number 1 and KU at 2.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

Where are all the Chicken Littles? Does this mean that Self shouldn't be fired?

C'mon CL's..if you want Zenger to be able to get the insight of your unique viewpoint so that he'll know Self can't coach, you need to come on these boards and unload. How else will Self know what adjustments to make, to ensure he keeps his job?

Don't deprive everyone of your "special" knowledge. Come back.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 10 months ago

Jay just cause no one is paying attention to you anymore is no reason to start trolling again.

Anything to say on the article, the team, the program the big game tonight?

Nothing... #1 vs #2, all you got is Chicken Little to talk about???

Maybe you should stop being a Rooster and post something worth reading

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

The first Chicken Little responds, on command.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

Chicken Little number 2. Thanks for checking in Sam.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 10 months ago

Best post you have ever had on here Jay!

Rodney Crain 3 years, 10 months ago

And you still have nothing to say on the article, the team, the program or the game.

Amazing dedication. To what I have no idea but truly amazing lol

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

I hate to call anyone stupid Roddy but the post was about how despite the fact that certain idiots think that everything the team does is wrong, they're ranked #1. You consistently respond to posts mocking such idiots.

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 3 years, 10 months ago

does dick vitale even offer to announce a game unless he can shout #1 kansas baby all night long instead of calling the game?

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