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Monday, October 18, 2021

Kansas men’s basketball program lands at No. 3 in Associated Press preseason Top 25

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) and Kansas guard Dajuan Harris (3) have a chat while waiting to check in during the second half on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) and Kansas guard Dajuan Harris (3) have a chat while waiting to check in during the second half on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Kansas men’s basketball team landed at No. 3 in The Associated Press preseason poll ahead of the 2021-22 college hoops season.

The Jayhawks, who finished last season ranked No. 12 in the poll, came in behind No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA, a pair of teams that played each other at last season’s Final Four.

Monday marked the 10th consecutive year that KU was ranked in the top seven or better entering the college basketball season.

The Zags picked up 55 of the 63 available first-place votes and the Bruins grabbed the other eight.

Villanova and Texas round out the top five, with Michigan, Purdue, Baylor, Duke and Kentucky joining to make up the preseason top 10.

In all, the first AP poll of the fast-approaching season features three Big 12 teams in the top 25 and two others (Oklahoma State and Texas Tech) receiving votes.

Michigan State, KU’s season-opening foe at the Champions Classic on Nov. 9 in New York City, was the top team listed in the receiving votes category, effectively ranking the Spartans 26th in the first poll of the season.

Counting Alabama, which KU could face in the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando in late November, the preseason AP poll includes nine teams listed on KU’s 2021-22 schedule. Because of the Big 12’s double-round robin format, those nine teams account for 13 of the 31 games on KU’s regular season slate.

Last November, KU broke UCLA’s record for most consecutive AP polls ranked in the top 25. The Jayhawks remained in the poll for nine more weeks after passing UCLA's mark of 221 (from 1966-80) and finally fell out when the streak reached 231. KU’s streak started in early February of 2009.

AP Preseason Top 25

1 – Gonzaga, 1,562 (55)

2 – UCLA, 1,459 (8)

3 – Kansas, 1,427

4 – Villanova, 1,332

5 – Texas, 1,315

6 – Michigan, 1,255

7 – Purdue, 1,213

8 – Baylor, 992

9 – Duke, 963

10 – Kentucky, 894

11 – Illinois, 861

12 – Memphis, 831

13 – Oregon, 775

14 – Alabama, 713

15 – Houston, 694

16 – Arkansas, 673

17 – Ohio State, 581

18 – Tennessee, 563

19 – North Carolina, 547

20 – Florida State, 381

21 – Maryland, 294

22 – Auburn, 267

23 – St. Bonaventure, 238

24 – Connecticut, 161

25 – Virginia, 125

Others receiving votes: Michigan State 87, Indiana 41, USC 30, Arizona 26, Virginia Tech 25, Oklahoma State 25, Xavier 22, Texas Tech 17, Richmond 13, Rutgers 11, Colorado State 11, LSU 7, Belmont 7, San Diego State 5, St. John's 5, Mississippi State 5, Syracuse 5, Drake 4, Colorado 4, BYU 3, Notre Dame 3, Louisville 3

Comments

Adam Bengtson 1 month, 2 weeks ago

"Last November, KU broke UCLA’s record for most consecutive AP polls ranked in the top 25. The Jayhawks remained in the poll the rest of the season and will enter this season looking to add to their record.

The Bruins were ranked in the AP poll for 221 consecutive polls between 1966 and 1980. KU’s current streak, which now sits at 236 consecutive polls, started in early February of 2009."

Did I miss something last year?

We fell out right? The record is 231.

Matt Tait 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Great call. My bad completely. That totally slipped my mind. Last year was a weird year, but you'd think I would've remembered that. Fixed now. Thanks.

Mallory Briggans 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Because of covid and limited fans in attendance last year did we lose our consecutive sellout streak at AFH .

Tim Orel 1 month, 2 weeks ago

My guess is that a "sellout" streak would have continued, with every seat available to the public being sold (I don't know that for certain, but I think it very likely). However, a streak where KU's attendance would be 16,000+ would have been broken, but I would want a huge asterisk after any mention that that streak had ended.

Dirk Medema 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The whole year+ was an asterisk. Hopefully common sense and normalcy are returning.

Bryce Landon 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Almost everything about last year was an asterisk. The only thing that wasn't asterisk-worthy was the fact that we failed to make the Sweet 16 again, which, under the current coaching regime, has been a far-too-common postseason occurrence.

Rodney Crain 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Don't forget Duke, KY, MSU had terrible seasons last year. North Carolina was 18-11

How about we win the whole thing again? The last time we won the National Championship was 4 months after our Orange Bowl win.

We are more than due to win another one.

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