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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Jayhawks jump three spots to No. 11 in latest AP Poll

Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe (3) throws down a dunk off of a lob from Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) during the second half on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe (3) throws down a dunk off of a lob from Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) during the second half on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Back-to-back victories over Omaha and Stanford last week led to some upward movement in the Associated Press poll for the Kansas men's basketball team.

After dropping during each of the past two weeks — from No. 2 to No. 13 and then again from No. 13 to No. 14 – the Jayhawks began their climb back up this week, jumping three spots to No. 11 in the latest poll released on Christmas Day.

The top four spots in this week's poll remained unchanged, with Villanova, Michigan State, Arizona State and Duke holding onto their positions.

Future KU foe Texas A&M; started the change after that, jumping from No. 8 to No. 5 and the rest of the poll quickly features a heavy dose of Big 12 Conference flavor, with West Virginia landing at No. 7 (up from No. 10), TCU leaping to 10th (from No. 15) and Oklahoma soaring five spots up to No. 12, giving the Big 12 four teams in this week's Top 12.

Baylor (No. 18) and Texas Tech (No. 22) also remained a part of this week's poll while Texas and Oklahoma State continued to receive votes, making eight of the 10 Big 12 teams a factor in the voting.

All eight of those teams will square off against one another this week, as Big 12 play opens with Kansas heading to Texas for an 8 p.m. tip-off on Friday night to officially begin its quest for a 14th consecutive Big 12 regular season title.

TCU and Oklahoma will meet on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech play Friday in Lubbock, Texas, and West Virginia travels to Oklahoma State on Friday to kick off its conference schedule.

AP TOP 25, as of Dec. 25, 2017

1 - Villanova (43)

2 - Michigan State (16)

3 - Arizona State (6)

4 - Duke

5 - Texas A&M;

6 - Xavier

7 - West Virginia

8 - Wichita State

9 - Virginia

10 - TCU

11 - Kansas

12 - Oklahoma

13 - North Carolina

14 - Purdue

15 - Miami, Fla.

16 - Kentucky

17 - Arizona

18 - Baylor

19 - Tennessee

20 - Gonzaga

21 - Cincinnati

22 - Texas Tech

23 - Seton Hall

24 - Florida State

25 - Creighton

Others receiving votes: Arkansas 85; Clemson 55; Notre Dame 40; Louisville 26; Texas 21; UCLA 12; Oklahoma State 8; SMU 5; St. Bonaventure 5; Auburn 5; New Mexico State 4; Rhode Island 2; Nevada 1; Stephen F. Austin 1; Florida 1; Michigan 1; Minnesota 1

Comments

Andy Godwin 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Well KU's schedule gets remarkably tougher. Not sure when the schedule was being planned that Texas A&M (#5 and RPI #5) would be the best in the SEC. KU's best win - Kentucky now at #16 (RPI #26), who are not setting the world on fire. After that not many top RPI 50 wins for KU. Best loss (if there is such a thing) - Arizona State at #3 (RPI #3). Worst loss - Washington (RPI at #64 versus KU at #22). I guess at the end of January we will know who is for real in the Big 12 and whether the streak is likely to come to an end.

Matt, I thought Self indicated that Preston's situation (either positive or negative) would be resolved by the 22nd (and that the NCAA offices were to be closed through Jan 2). At this point, it is unlikely that any late additions will impact KU's Big 12 play, unless Self allows De Sousa and/or Preston (?) to play through mistakes that could cost the team a win. I just recall how when Diallo was freed, he make little impact because he was not in tune with what Self wanted during the games.

Edward Daub 3 months, 3 weeks ago

The NCAA Offices are Closed Through Jan 2 (A Tuesday)? You Have "Gots" to be Kidding Me! How will Silvio be Certified to play in Austin on Dec 29? And Finally, Has The Time has Come for KU Fans to Take Charge? Free Billy!

Kent Richardson 3 months, 3 weeks ago

What teams really have the players to contend? Who can go on the road and win while protecting their home court.? You have to have all three.

Just like on the national level where there is not a dominant team so goes our conference. I tend to over react to our early losses until I see other touted teams lay surprising eggs.

We will be great if we can hit threes and Udoka shoots 70%. We can go about 12 and 6 with that formula. If we are serious about playing defense then it moves up to circa 14 and 4.

Can a reliable effort team like WVU with it's press turn in a 14 and 4. Conference coaches and teams are aware and experienced with their pressure so we will see.

Young has brought a big buzz to the OU program but how good are they? They seem like a perimeter relying team and will that be effective in Hilton or Allen and be better than 12 and 6?

It's all up in the air with TCU, Baylor, and TTU. Who knows?

Will KSU, ISU and OSU be middle to lower tier teams that throw in an upset or three to decide the race? Will a team over exert themselves against KU and then lay and egg on the rebound?

I need a decoder ring!

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