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Monday, February 5, 2018

Jayhawks fall three spots to No. 10 in latest AP Poll

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) turns to an official after a call during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) turns to an official after a call during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Thanks to a home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday which negated the gains from a big road win over Kansas State earlier in the week, the Kansas men's basketball team fell three spots, from No. 7 to No. 10, in the latest Associated Press Top 25, released Monday.

The Jayhawks (18-5 overall, 7-3 Big 12) flip-flopped spots with Texas Tech, the team with which KU is now tied atop the Big 12 standings with eight games to play in the conference season.

The Red Raiders, who improved to 19-4 overall and 7-3 in Big 12 play with big wins over Texas and TCU last week, jumped from No. 10 to No. 7 and now are the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 Conference.

Kansas and Texas Tech do not play again until Feb. 24, in Lubbock, Texas, so there's no telling whether the two still will be tied at the top when that matchup takes place. Texas Tech knocked off Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, 85-73, in early January.

Up next for the Red Raiders in the five games before the rematch with Kansas: vs. Iowa State, at Kansas State, vs. Oklahoma, at Baylor and at Oklahoma State.

Up next for Kansas in the next 18 days: vs. TCU on Tuesday night, at Baylor, at Iowa State, vs. West Virginia and vs. Oklahoma.

Tough sledding for both programs. And it's important to remember that Oklahoma (No. 17 in this week's poll, down from No. 12) and West Virginia (No. 19 in this week's poll, down from No. 15) are both just one game back of Kansas and Texas Tech in the Big 12 race. WVU and OU will face off tonight in a Big Monday game in Norman, Oklahoma.

Here's a look at this week's complete AP Top 25

1 – Villanova (48), 22-1

2 – Virginia (16), 22-1

3 – Purdue (1), 23-2

4 – Michigan State, 22-3

5 – Xavier, 21-3

6 – Cincinnati, 21-2

7 – Texas Tech, 19-4

8 – Auburn, 21-2

9 – Duke, 19-4

10 – Kansas, 18-5

11 – Saint Mary's, 23-2

12 – Gonzaga, 21-4

13 – Arizona, 19-5

14 – Ohio State, 20-5

15 – Tennessee, 17-5

16 – Clemson, 19-4

17 – Oklahoma, 16-6

18 – Rhode Island, 19-3

19 – West Virginia, 17-6

20 – Michigan, 19-6

21 – North Carolina, 17-7

22 – Wichita State, 17-5

23 – Nevada, 20-4

24 – Kentucky, 17-6

25 – Miami, Fla., 17-5

Comments

Kent Richardson 1 year, 3 months ago

"Up next for Kansas in the next 18 days: vs. TCU on Tuesday night, at Baylor, at Iowa State, vs. West Virginia and vs. Oklahoma."

What's the record for the next five games?

Three up and two down, in my optimistic opinion, which includes one more home loss. Not still the #10 team after that. We beat TCU, OU and ISU.

5 seed in the NCAA.

Allan Olson 1 year, 3 months ago

It would seem KU is now likely a three or four seed unless, they win both the regular season and tournament titles. Have 23 games behind and 6 ahead, then 1 to 4 in BIG 12 tournament. One meaningful non conference win and 4 "home" losses certainly is not our usual resume for a top 2 seed in the NCAA. Too many strong teams this season. Very tough hill to climb for a 4-man team and 5 backups.

Armen Kurdian 1 year, 3 months ago

4-seed seems about right....more a statement that other teams above us keep losing too. Not having BP on the floor pretty much spells it for a title this year...we're just not deep enough, not w/o hitting at least a dozen threes every night.

Joe Ross 1 year, 3 months ago

Rankings are currently a distraction for Kansas. Simply meaningless. To salvage the season they need to concern themselves with extending the streak to 14, because they have no chance in the Tournament to make a run at a title unless they play in a fashion which is uncharacteristic for what they've shown on the court thus far this season. Round of 32 is probable. Sweet 16 is reasonable. Elite 8 is a shaky proposition at best. Final Four? Cue "Dream On" by Aerosmith.

Mike Kendall 1 year, 3 months ago

Ha---Ha, Joe. I love that song, "Dream On," by Aerosmith!

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