Monday, January 22, 2018

Jayhawks jump to No. 5 in latest AP Poll

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) and the Jayhawks celebrate their 71-66 win over West Virginia as time expires, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) and the Jayhawks celebrate their 71-66 win over West Virginia as time expires, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia.


The Kansas men's basketball team continued its climb in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week, jumping five spots from No. 10 to No. 5 in the latest rankings released Monday afternoon.

Kansas, which knocked off then-No. 6 West Virginia on the road last Monday, followed that up with a home victory over Baylor on Saturday to make it five straight Big 12 victories since falling to Texas Tech in the second game of the conference season.

The Jayhawks are now ranked higher than they have been since being ranked second in Week 5 of the 2017-18 season after racing out to a 7-0 start.

The top four in this week's poll are: 1. Villanova, 2. Virginia, 3. Purdue and 4. Duke, with Big 12 programs West Virginia (No. 7), Oklahoma (No. 12) — which KU will face Tuesday night in Norman, Oklahoma — and Texas Tech (No. 14) also are in this week's Top 25. TCU, which fell to Kansas State over the weekend, dropped out of the rankings.

Here's a quick look at the complete Week 12 poll:

1 – Villanova, 18-1 (63)

2 – Virginia, 18-1 (1)

3 – Purdue, 19-2 (1)

4 – Duke, 17-2

5 – Kansas, 16-3

6 – Michigan State, 17-3

7 – West Virginia, 16-3

8 – Xavier, 18-3

9 – Cincinnati, 17-2

10 – North Carolina, 16-4

11 – Arizona, 16-4

12 – Oklahoma, 14-4

13 – Ohio State, 17-4

14 – Texas Tech, 15-4

15 – Gonzaga, 17-4

16 – Saint Mary's, 19-2

17 – Wichita State, 15-4

18 – Clemson, 16-3

19 – Auburn, 17-2

20 – Florida, 14-5

21 – Arizona State, 15-4

22 – Tennessee, 13-5

23 – Nevada, 18-3

24 – Rhode Island, 15-3

25 – Michigan, 17-5


Bryce Landon 3 years, 2 months ago

Finally, ranked ahead of all other Big 12 teams, and ranked ahead of Wichita State - just the way it's supposed to be.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 2 months ago

YA and to top it all off. -- -Kentucky completely out of the top 25 - -OMG what it must be like in the So Called the rulers in the blue grass State - -whaaaaa? - -Damm POLLESTERS HATE US LMAO - --

Dave Miller 3 years, 2 months ago

I've searched up and down the poll and I see something. Rather, I don't see something... KENTUCKY... Where are they? hehehehehehehehehehehehe !!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT !!!

Len Shaffer 3 years, 2 months ago

Hear, hear! Could they be headed to the NIT again? Or is that too much to hope for?

Bryce Landon 3 years, 2 months ago

Kentucky's slide takes some of the glitter off of our victory over them.

Tim Orel 3 years, 2 months ago

We started them on their slide. Does that make it better?

Michael Sillman 3 years, 2 months ago

I’m just worried about the Top 5 jinx going into the big game at Oklahoma tomorrow. Hope that Self has some trickery in mind on defense. I don’t see us matching up in a pure man to man.

Len Shaffer 3 years, 2 months ago

I understand your concerns, Michael, and even though KU keeps winning, I have a hard time feeling like they really belong with the other teams that are ranked that highly. It seems like they're kind of winning with smoke and mirrors right now.

On the other hand, you're disregarding the fact that OU's defense is pretty terrible and KU should be able to take great advantage of that.

In any case, one nice thing about this season is that most of the games are a lot more exciting than usual.

Kent Richardson 3 years, 2 months ago

I agree about belonging right now. If De Sousa can make two big strides up then maybe later.

OU will have two rim protectors on the floor at all times so bombs away will be the soup of the day. Hope it tastes good.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 2 months ago

I would just rather win big. I prefer seeing a 20+ point differential than seeing so many back-and-forth games. Especially when we blow double-digit leads.

David Morrison 3 years, 2 months ago

Young will get his pts. Let him shoot 40 times and turn it over 12. Devonte needs to drive it against him. Two quick fouls puts Young on the bench. If we play good defense against the other four on the floor, we can pull out a victory. KU.... 85 - 80.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 2 months ago

if Devonte drives he will have career night as Trae doesn't bother to play defense especially in the 1st half - -

Kent Richardson 3 years, 2 months ago

Need to be aware of flyswatters Lattin, McNease and Freeman against DeVonte, Svi and Malik. However they probably cannot handle Udoka and fouls may get them off the floor. Add in 6'9" Manek and we are at a serious height disadvantage. 60+ between Graham, Svi and Newman almost a requirement. Whoever Trae is guarding needs to be white hot.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

Manek is only 1" taller than Svi. It doesn't sound like he's a banger either, so I'm excited about that matchup.

Any other big they put out there will also face the challenge of having to defend our guys on the perimeter.

It goes both ways.

Marcia Parsons 3 years, 2 months ago

Devonte did okay against Buddy Hield while making 26 points himself. I realize people think Young is better than anyone ever has been, but WV doubled him and kept him under control until they stopped for some reason.

Kent Richardson 3 years, 2 months ago

I don't want DeVonte on Young because we cannot afford any foul induced bench time for DeVonte. Teams putting 6'6" long guys on him like Garrett and even Cunliffe has been the way along with trapping to slow their offense down. I don't think Vick has the motor to help a lot in his funk or whatever. May need to play two bigs and a zone also. Scary huh?

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 2 months ago

Only Cunliffe has played less minutes then Billy Preston.

Freddie Garza 3 years, 2 months ago

I think we should not be fooled by this. I don't think we're the 5th best team in the country if we're using the Jay Bilas "eye test".

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 2 months ago

Would tend to agree, Freddie. However, I don't think that the team or Coach Self are fooled. They know full well that the parity in the league is better than it has ever been.

Right now, KU's big strength has been their ability to win the close ones. Just hope that doesn't change, starting tomorrow night.

Doug Merrill 3 years, 2 months ago

We completely "belong". We are Villanova: this year we have a tremendous back court of seniors and shooting assassins - not who we have been before but exactly who beat us and kept us from the Final Four a year ago. We need some help from slashers (Vick) and rebounding, but if we are shooting well, no one can beat us.

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 2 months ago

We lost to Oregon last year, Nova was two years ago.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 2 months ago

When did we start comparing ourselves to Villanova? They were bounced in the 2nd round last year.

We are Kansas, let other schools try to be us.

Tom Jones 3 years, 2 months ago

Last year we lost to an average 3pt shooting team in Oregon that shot well above their average (and hit several shot-clock-running-out heaves) while KU shot significantly below their season average. Just like VCU in 2011 (VCU 35% for the season and 48% in the game, KU 38% for the season and 10% in the game) for the same result.

Villanova was a flat out bad 3 pt shooting team in 2016 when they knocked us out and they were horrible in that game, too. KU was second in the nation in 3 pt. shooting that year and shot 27% in the game (including Selden/Mason combining for 1-12), which was why we lost.

RJ King 3 years, 2 months ago

To me, it seemed we lost to Jordan Bell.

Mike Greer 3 years, 2 months ago

I understand the "do we belong in the top 5" thing, but who do you think belongs ahead of us, other than the teams already there. OU, T Tech, Az State, WVU, NC, Mich State? All of these teams have lost as many or more games than the Jayhawks and to teams they shouldn't have lost to. There's a lot of parody in college basketball these days!

Barry Weiss 3 years, 2 months ago

I concur with those not taking this rank too seriously. Sort of like Coach's "fools gold" for 3 pointers. This is nice, but one week and a couple of losses and we are back in the 12-15. Of course I want all wins, but being ranked 5th this year is not like being ranked 5th in prior years. This year the margin is razor thin. We need Vick to pour in 15 Tuesday and Silvio to put up 8 points. Boom!

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

Parody is the imitation of a writer or artist whereas parity is an evenness of competitors.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

And another goes down - boom to WVU and KU has a 2 game lead.

It will be interesting to see who gets matched up with whom. I can imagine Devonte wanting Young but I can also imagine Coach wanting to start with Vick on him.

Mike Greer 3 years, 2 months ago

Many times auto correct is not your friend. That's not the worst auto correct has stuck it to me, sometimes it's quite humorous.

I thought for a moment WVU was going to make a KU miracle come back from 20 points down with under five left.

Andy Godwin 3 years, 2 months ago

Technically, KU is only 1.5 games ahead of WVU and our neighbors to the West. If KU wins in Norman, then they will lead the surging Wildcats and the struggling Mountaineers by 2 games, otherwise only 1 game. That miss by Brown in Allen Fieldhouse looms large given if he had made, KU would currently be trailing KSU by 0.5 games. This Big 12 race is far from over.

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