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Monday, November 11, 2019

Jayhawks fall to 5th in latest AP poll

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) passes the ball past Duke forward Jack White (41) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) passes the ball past Duke forward Jack White (41) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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A 1-1 record during the opening week of the 2019-20 season knocked the Kansas men’s basketball team down two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Kansas, which entered the season ranked third but lost to No. 4 Duke in the season opener last week in New York, fell to No. 5 in the latest poll, which was released Monday.

The two Champions Classic losers dropped two spots in this week’s poll — Michigan State fell from the top spot to No. 3 — while the two winners, Kentucky and Duke, rose to No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Wildcats received 64 of the 65 first-place votes.

Louisville jumped one spot to No. 4 and got the final first-place vote, with North Carolina, Maryland, Gonzaga, reigning national champion Virginia and Villanova rounding out the top 10.

This week marks the first time Kentucky (2-0) has reached No. 1 since spending two weeks there early in the 2016-17 season.

Yet it’s the seventh of UK coach John Calipari’s 11 seasons that the Wildcats have spent at least one week atop the AP Top 25. That includes 10 weeks during the 2011-12 season on the way to the national championship and a start-to-finish stay in 2014-15 as the Wildcats carried an unbeaten record to the Final Four, where they lost to Wisconsin.

RISING

It was a week of modest climbs for poll risers, with the Tar Heels (2-0) moving up three spots for the biggest gain.

Twelve teams moved up in the poll, with Duke, Virginia, No. 11 Texas Tech, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 18 St. Mary’s, No. 19 Arizona and No. 22 Auburn all moving up two spots.

The list of risers included No. 13 Memphis, which moved up one spot after two wins despite concerns — and even a court order — involving the eligibility of star freshman James Wiseman.

SLIDING

Florida and Baylor took big tumbles after opening-week losses.

The Gators had the biggest fall, sliding nine spots to No. 15 after Sunday’s loss to Florida State. The Bears fell eight spots to No. 24 after losing to now-No. 20 Washington in Friday’s Armed Forces Classic in Anchorage, Alaska.

Six ranked teams fell in the poll, though two — No. 21 Xavier (two spots) and No. 23 LSU (one spot) fell despite emerging from the week unscathed.

STATUS QUO

Maryland, Gonzaga, Villanova, No. 12 Seton Hall and No. 17 Utah State stayed in the same spot from last week.

WELCOME

Washington (20th) and future KU opponent Colorado (25th) were the new additions to the poll, with the Buffaloes earning the Pac-12 program’s first appearance since being ranked for six weeks during the 2013-14 season.

FAREWELL FOR NOW

Purdue (No. 23) and VCU (No. 25) fell out of the poll, though the Rams won both their games last week and trailed Colorado by just 14 points in the voting.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences all had four teams in the poll, with the ACC’s all inside the top 10.

The Big 12 had three ranked teams, followed by two for the Big East, two for the West Coast and one each for the American Athletic and Mountain West conferences.

AP Top 25

1 - Kentucky, 1,622 (64)

2 - Duke, 1,538

3 - Michigan State, 1,451

4 - Louisville, 1,425 (1)

5 - Kansas, 1,354

6 - North Carolina, 1,187

7 - Maryland, 1,166

8 - Gonzaga, 1,136

9 - Virginia, 1,134

10 - Villanova, 1,064

11 - Texas Tech, 888

12 - Seton Hall, 869

13 - Memphis, 828

14 - Oregon, 804

15 - Florida, 616

16 - Ohio State, 544

17 - Utah State, 507

18 - Saint Mary's, 438

19 - Arizona, 415

20 - Washington, 373

21 - Xavier, 370

22 - Auburn, 247

23 - LSU, 237

24 - Baylor, 179

25 - Colorado, 151

Others receiving votes: VCU 137, Florida St. 112, Texas 95, Marquette 67, Tennessee 49, Providence 23, Purdue 21, Houston 18, Utah 14, Missouri 13, Arkansas 11, Mississippi St. 9, Georgetown 4, Liberty 3, San Diego St. 2, Creighton 1, Dayton 1, Northeastern 1, Vermont 1.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Losing to Duke in November is much better than losing in March / April. Not that I really want Kansas to lose a game. But, the regular season schedule that Coach Self and (past and present) AD's has each and every season is to prepare the Jayhawks for the Post-season.

Bryce Landon 3 weeks, 5 days ago

It's not that far of a fall, going from 3rd to 5th. More like a slip, if anything.

I just hope the Jayhawks have themselves ready for Monmouth!

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 3 days ago

And Kentucky will be number 1 for exactly one week. Never underestimate a team from the MVC.

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