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Monday, January 30, 2017

Kansas moves to No. 3 in AP Top 25

Top-three showdown set for Wednesday at fieldhouse

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) turns to the bench with excitement as the Jayhawks pulls away during the second half against Kentucky, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) turns to the bench with excitement as the Jayhawks pulls away during the second half against Kentucky, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

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A rare loss and a massive road victory added up to Kansas dropping just one spot in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll.

After three straight weeks at No. 2, the Jayhawks only fell to No. 3 after losing at West Virginia and winning at Kentucky.

Gonzaga, the last unbeaten team in Division I, moved to No. 1 for the second time in school history.

The Zags (22-0) jumped up from third when Villanova and Kansas both were beaten in a week when seven of the top 10 lost.

Gonzaga received 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday. The Zags were No. 1 for the last three weeks of the 2012-13 season.

Gonzaga is the fifth team to reach No. 1 this season joining Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Baylor.

Baylor (20-1), one of the three top 10 teams to not lose, jumped from fifth to second. The Bears had six first-place votes and were one point ahead of Kansas (19-2), which dropped one place. The Jayhawks had nine first-place votes.

Villanova, which had been No. 1 for the last two weeks and six overall, dropped to fourth after losing at Marquette. The Wildcats (20-2), who also had a last-second win over Virginia, were No. 1 on four ballots.

Two of the top three teams in the country will square off Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, when No. 3 KU welcomes No. 2 Baylor to Lawrence.

AP Top 25 — Jan. 30, 2017

No. 1: Gonzaga

No. 2: Baylor

No. 3: Kansas

No. 4: Villanova

No. 5: Arizona

No. 6: Louisville

No. 7: West Virginia

No. 8: Kentucky

No. 9: Virginia

No. 10: Wisconsin

No. 11: UCLA

No. 12: North Carolina

No. 13: Oregon

No. 14: Cincinnati

No. 15: Florida State

No. 16: Butler

No. 17: Maryland

No. 18: Saint Mary’s

No. 19: South Carolina

No. 20: Notre Dame

No. 21: Duke

No. 22: Creighton

No. 23: Purdue

No. 24: Florida

No. 25: Northwestern

Comments

Jay Scott 4 years, 1 month ago

As long as KU plays in Tulsa and KC, little of this matters. About 12-13 teams can win it all. The eventual champs will have to take care of 3-4 of them.

Tony Bandle 4 years, 1 month ago

I get it.....the Zags are undefeated and have some nice victories, but, come on, have they beaten Duke and Kentucky in Lexington, do they play West Virginia twice, Baylor twice, Iowa State twice??

I agree wth JJ up above. Our first loss was in overtime for the first game of the year against a then high ranked opponent, Indiana and the other loss was in West Virginia where hardly anybody wins, especially us. [The good news is we have contributed $100,000 to cancer research from Huggy Bear's contribution of four bonus $25k victories over KU].

I would be most curious to see the Zags record if they had played KU's schedule.

Sorry..rant's over.....it's only January.

Robert Brown 4 years, 1 month ago

Did you look at Gonzaga's schedule before posting or are you just ranting? Gonzaga has beaten Arizona, Florida, Iowa State and St. Mary's. That's pretty impressive. We lost to what looks like a mediocre Indians school and while we have beaten Duke and UK, we haven't had that tough of a schedule. Last week we got blown out at West Virgina, so I'm not sure why you are implying that Undefeated Gonzaga should be ranked behind us.

John Randall 4 years, 1 month ago

Tell us why you care ??? Feel cheated out of bragging you have no right to claim? Boo Ho for you!

Armen Kurdian 4 years, 1 month ago

When's the last time we played 2 Top 5 teams in a row not during the tourney? Or what's the record of the most ranked opponents we've played in a row no during the tourney?

Barry Weiss 4 years, 1 month ago

It appears the University handled this matter that took place two years ago. I don't see anything coming out of this story now.

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