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Monday, December 17, 2018

Undefeated Jayhawks stay at No. 1 in latest AP poll

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) tries to rally The Jayhawks during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) tries to rally The Jayhawks during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Despite losing a first-place vote, Kansas remains No. 1 in the latest poll by the Associated Press.

Kansas (9-0) defeated Villanova, which fell out the AP Top 25, Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse in a rematch of last season’s Final Four. The 74-71 victory was the lone game for the Jayhawks since moving back to the top spot in college basketball.

Last week, KU was given 57 of the 65 first-place votes to reclaim the top spot for the first time since falling from its preseason No. 1 ranking. This time around, Kansas received 56 first-place votes and Duke earned five. Tennessee was given two first-place votes, while Michigan and Virginia each netted one.

The Jayhawks have trailed by at least five points in seven of their nine victories thus far, and have won by an average margin of victory of 8.4 points.

KU plays host to South Dakota at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Here’s a look at this week’s complete poll:

AP Top 25

1 – Kansas, 9-0 (56)

2 – Duke, 9-1 (5)

3 – Tennessee, 8-1 (2)

4 – Michigan, 11-0 (1)

5 – Virginia, 9-0 (1)

6 – Nevada, 11-0

7 – Auburn, 9-1

8 – Gonzaga, 9-2

9 – North Carolina, 8-2

10 – Michigan State, 9-2

11 – Florida State, 8-1

12 – Texas Tech, 10-0

13 – Virginia Tech, 9-1

14 – Buffalo, 10-0

15 – Ohio State, 9-1

16 – Wisconsin, 9-2

17 – Mississippi State, 9-1

18 – Arizona State, 8-1

19 – Kentucky, 8-2

20 – Marquette, 8-2

21 – Houston, 10-0

22 – Indiana, 9-2

23 – Iowa, 8-2

24 – Furman, 12-0

25 – Nebraska, 9-2

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 115, Maryland 103, Kansas St 90, St. John's 59, Villanova 52, NC State 38, Purdue 20, TCU 17, Iowa St. 9, Cincinnati 7, Louisville 6, Minnesota 3, Florida 3, Belmont 2, San Francisco 2, NJIT 1.

Comments

Dane Pratt 5 months ago

Tech plays Dook this week so we'll have a better idea of how good they really are. Would like to see the other B12 teams step it up and get ranked. OU, KSU and ISU are all on the edge but have accommodating schedules so hopefully some of them can get in the rankings.

Jeff Coffman 5 months ago

Is it Duke or tech you want to find out about...Kentucky appears lackluster and Gonzaga has dropped two. If Tech wins, Duke might be not as strong...if Duke wins, we will question if Tech is any good.

I find it interesting at least.

Jonathan Allison 5 months ago

If Tech wins or gives Duke a scare then they will be a challenge for KU this year. If Duke wins a close game but the outcome is never really in doubt, then Tech might give us a little push but the Big 12 conference title should likely not be in doubt for KU. If Duke blows Tech out then the Big 12 conference looks weak.

Go Tech! Beat Duke.

Dane Pratt 5 months ago

I'm pretty sure Duke is good, it's Tech I'm wondering about. It would be nice to see some of the other conference teams step it up.

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