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Monday, November 27, 2017

Jayhawks move up to No. 2 in latest AP poll

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) raises his arms after the Jayhawks defeated the Wildcats 65-61 during the second half on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at United Center.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) raises his arms after the Jayhawks defeated the Wildcats 65-61 during the second half on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at United Center.

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As Kansas closes out the college basketball season’s opening month, only one other team in the country is considered in better standing.

The Jayhawks (5-0) moved up a spot to No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25, released Monday, with fellow unbeaten Duke a unanimous choice for No. 1.

KU benefited from previously-ranked Arizona plummeting all the way from No. 2 to out of the top 25, with Thanksgiving week losses to North Carolina State, SMU and Purdue, all at the Battle 4 Atlantis, in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Bill Self’s Jayhawks currently rank ahead of the likes of No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Villanova, No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 6 Florida.

Kansas is one of 14 undefeated teams among the top 25, which includes two newly-ranked members from the Big 12, No. 22 Texas Tech (6-0) and No. 23 TCU (6-0), as well as No. 16 Baylor (5-0). West Virginia also moved up this week, from No. 23 to No. 19.

After playing host to Toledo on Tuesday, the Jayhawks’ schedule looks to turn more difficult, with games against Syracuse and Washington.

KU, which defeated No. 7 Kentucky in Chicago earlier in November, will again take on a currently-ranked opponent on Dec. 10, at Allen Fieldhouse, when No. 20 Arizona State visits Lawrence.

AP TOP 25 (Nov. 27, 2017)

No. 1. Duke

No. 2. Kansas

No. 3. Michigan State

No. 4. Villanova

No. 5. Notre Dame

No. 6. Florida

No. 7. Kentucky

No. 8. Wichita State

No. 9. Texas A & M

No. 10. Miami

No. 11. Cincinnati

No. 12. Minnesota

No. 13. North Carolina

No. 14. USC

No. 15. Gonzaga

No. 16. Baylor

No. 17. Louisville

No. 18. Virginia

No. 19. West Virginia

No. 20. Arizona State

No. 21. Xavier

No. 22. Texas Tech

No. 23. TCU

No. 24. Alabama

No. 25. Creighton

Comments

Casey Osburn 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Duke nearly loses 2 games in a row and they're the unanimous #1 team. That's funny.

Michael Bowden 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Agreed but they ALMOST lost. Their record still says their undefeated so they are still 1

Eliott Reeder 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Duke has wins against two top-10 teams and a strong Texas team, they absolutely deserve the #1 spot. We've been beating up on cupcakes and a young UK team. Close wins are still wins.

Len Shaffer 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Well said, Eliott. And Casey, we almost lost too, remember?

I don't know what to make of this KU team yet, because the only tough competition we've played was UK and neither team played well in that game. I certainly don't think we've done anything yet to deserve being number 2 in the nation.

Tony Bandle 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Unless the Preston mess gets cleared up or the NCAA pulls a surprise and actually does the right thing and allows Silvio to join early, this ranking really becomes at risk

If, however, Billy and Silvio both are allowed to join Dok and Mr. Lightfoot....oh baby, look out!!!

David Morrison 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I wonder why it it taking so long to figure out the car situation. Surely the Athletic Department at KU is actively pursuing a solution to this. I agree Tony that soon we will need Preston's size and athletic ability against quality teams with size. Silvio would be icing on the cake.

Len Shaffer 11 months, 3 weeks ago

David, you do know we're talking about the NCAA, right? Question answered ...

Richard Wright 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Is Preston even allowed to practice right now?

Michael Bowden 11 months, 3 weeks ago

5 teams from the Big 12 in the 25. Yes it is early but that shows we need Preston and Silvio ASAP!

Glen Miller 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I would say that Silvio would definitely provide depth, but with no off-season with the team or practices till December at the earliest. I don't think any of us should set too high of expectations early for Silvio. Hopefully, if he is even able to join us early, by tournament time he will be good to go with his conditioning and understanding of our system.

David Kelley-Wood 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Arizona? Holy (expletive deleted)!!!

I don't recall a team ever dropping from #2 (or anywhere near) all the way out of the top 25 in just one week.

Jonathan Allison 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Arizona may be feeling the Kentucky effect. Despite ultra high expectations, there can be a steep learning curve. They are approaching a moment of truth to determine whether they can come together and be a final 4 contender or are potentially headed toward the NIT.

I expect that they will bounce back and that they will be back in the top 10 by the start of the 2nd semester, but they are definitely in a danger zone right now.

Mallory Briggans 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Coaching.....Miller recruited a NC caliber team ....no way should you lose 3 games to lesser teams with that roster. The PAC 12 may not be kind either which might put Miller on thr hot seat

Mike Kendall 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I cannot stomach Sean Miller. In regard to Duke, I stayed up late, past my bed time to see the Dukies come back and win their game with Florida. The Gators didn't put the hammer down, or in their case, released the bite they had on the Blue Devils. All they had to do is to take care of the ball and stay aggressive on offense-neither of those two happened. What a bummer!

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