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Monday, March 7, 2016

KU opens postseason as AP’s No. 1

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) elevates to throw a pass around Iowa State forward Jameel McKay (1) during the first half, Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) elevates to throw a pass around Iowa State forward Jameel McKay (1) during the first half, Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Riding an 11-game winning streak, the Kansas basketball team enters the postseason as the No. 1-ranked team in the nation.

As expected, the Jayhawks (27-4) retained their spot atop the latest AP Top 25 Poll, released Monday afternoon. KU received 63 of the possible 65 first-place votes, with No. 2 Michigan State (26-5) snagging the other two.

There was no change in the top six spots from last week in the latest rankings: No. 1 KU, No. 2 MSU, No. 3 Villanova (27-4), No. 4 Virginia (24-6), No. 5 Xavier (26-4) and No. 6 Oklahoma (24-6).

Once again, four other Big 12 teams joined Kansas and OU in the top 25: No. 9 West Virginia (24-7), No. 21 Iowa State (21-10), No. 22 Baylor (21-10) and No. 23 Texas (20-11).

Texas Tech (19-11) received one vote.

Kansas next plays at the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday, in Kansas City, Mo. — against either Kansas State or Oklahoma State.

KU has a 38-10 all-time record at the Big 12 tourney, and the Jayhawks are 24-6 under head coach Bill Self.

AP TOP 25 (March 7, 2016)

No. 1: Kansas

No. 2: Michigan State

No. 3: Villanova

No. 4: Virginia

No. 5: Xavier

No. 6: Oklahoma

No. 7: North Carolina

No. 8: Oregon

No. 9: West Virginia

No. 10: Indiana

No. 11: Miami (FL)

No. 12: Utah

No. 13: Purdue

No. 14: Louisville

No. 15: Arizona

No. 16: Kentucky

No. 17: Texas A&M;

No. 18: Maryland

No. 19: Duke

No. 20: Iowa

No. 21: Iowa State

No. 22: Baylor

No. 23: Texas

No. 24: Cal

No. 25: SMU

Comments

Scott Smetana 3 years, 4 months ago

Should we make it to regionals, the 4-5 seeds look tougher than the 2 seeds: 4 seeds potentially include Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Arizona. I'd rather play Villanova, Xavier, UNC, and Oregon.

Chad Harris 3 years, 4 months ago

I agree Scott. Is it me or does seem like no matter where we finished, we seem to see the short end of the stick? Granted, if KU wants to win the National Championship they'll have to beat the best every night. Duke and Maryland really doesn't scare me though. They have Grayson and Trimble and that's pretty much it. I would say Villanova is a bit more scarier since that team is big and very athletic. IMO, KU matches up better with MD and Duke v Villanova. KU will make it to the Final Four!! You heard here first.

Rodney Pain 3 years, 4 months ago

Villanova seems to me to be the worst of the 1 seeds and a team I'd be happy to play. They haven't beat but one top team they've faced all year. I'm also not sure where you're getting that they have a lot of size. Ochefu is the only player on their roster over 6'8". Duke and Kentucky are both two man teams. If you can contain their main threats, they don't have the depth of talent to hang with anyone. Virginia is the team that looks scariest to me, followed by MSU, who has already handed us a loss. Arizona on a good night can beat anyone too. There just isn't much room for error in this year's field.

Jeremy Wilhelm 3 years, 4 months ago

Nova has big guards but yeah, otherwise not a huge team.

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