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Fifteen days shy of April Fool's Day Iowa State ranked higher than Kansas in final AP poll

Now that the NCAA tournament brackets have been released, not much attention is paid to the season’s final Associated Press college basketball top 25 poll, but it is worth noting one surprise: Iowa State shot past Kansas into ninth place, one spot ahead of KU.

An even bigger stunner: Saint Louis, with six losses, remained ranked, checking in at No. 25.

The AP top 25, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 16, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

         Record Pts Prv<

1 - Florida (50) 32-2 1,610 1
2 - Wichita St. (15) 34-0 1,571 2
3 - Virginia 28-6 1,430 6
4 - Arizona 30-4 1,422 4
5 - Louisville 29-5 1,412 5
6 - Villanova 28-4 1,231 3
7 - Michigan 25-8 1,162 8
8 - Duke 26-8 1,121 7
9 - Iowa St. 26-7 1,055 16
10 - Kansas 24-9 1,045 10
11 - Michigan St. 26-8 950 22
12 - Wisconsin 26-7 892 12
13 - San Diego St. 29-4 890 8
14 - Syracuse 27-5 757 11
15 - Cincinnati 27-6 720 13
16 - Creighton 26-7 658 14
17 - New Mexico 27-6 623 20
18 - UConn 26-8 503 21
19 - North Carolina 23-9 424 15
20 - UCLA 26-8 413 NR
21 - Oklahoma 23-9 265 17
22 - Ohio St. 25-9 167 24
23 - Baylor 24-11 148 NR
24 - VCU 26-8 140 23
25 - Saint Louis 26-6 131 18

Others receiving votes: Memphis 101, Gonzaga 83, Kentucky 77, Stephen F. Austin 46, Harvard 30, Saint Joseph’s 14, Texas 13, Oregon 8, Providence 6, UMass 3, Tennessee 2, NC Central 1, W. Michigan 1.

My AP top 25 ballot: (Kenpom.com ranks various statistical categories, including experience and offensive and defensive efficiency. All the statistical team rankings listed below in those categories are from kenpom.com.)

1 - Wichita State: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Cleanthony Early (15.8); Experience Ranking: 101; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 8; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 10.

2 - Florida: McDonald’s All-Americans: Three; Leading Scorer: Casey Prather (14.2); Experience Ranking: 93; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 17; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 5.

3 - Arizona: McDonald’s All-Americans: Three, excluding injured player; Leading Scorer: Nick Johnson (16.2); Experience Ranking: 327; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 35; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 1.

4 - Louisville: McDonald’s All-Americans: One; Leading Scorer: Russ Smith (18.3); Experience Ranking: 123; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 10; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 6.

5 - Virginia: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Malcolm Brogdon (12.6); Experience Ranking: 258; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 25; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 3.

6 - Michigan State: McDonald’s All-Americans: Three; Leading Scorer: Gary Harris (17.1); Experience Ranking: 207; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 11; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 39.

7 - Michigan: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Nik Stauskas (17.5); Experience Ranking: 332; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 3; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 104.

8 - Syracuse: McDonald’s All-Americans: One, excluding injured player; Leading Scorer: C.J. Fair (16.7); Experience Ranking: 263; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 34; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 18.

9 - Villanova: McDonald’s All-Americans: One; Leading Scorer: James Bell (14.5); Experience Ranking: 235; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 16; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 14.

10 - San Diego State: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Xavier Thames (16.8); Experience Ranking: 165; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 103; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 7.

11 - Kansas: McDonald’s All-Americans: Three; Leading Scorer: Andrew Wiggins (17.4); Experience Ranking: 348; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 6; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 45.

12 - Duke: McDonald’s All-Americans: Six; Leading Scorer: Jabari Parker (19.3); Experience Ranking: 279; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 2; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 102.

13 - Wisconsin: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Frank Kaminsky (13.6); Experience Ranking: 191; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 5; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 59.

14 - Iowa State: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Melvin Ejim (18.1); Experience Ranking: 236; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 15; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 54.

15 - North Carolina: McDonald’s All-Americans: Four; Leading Scorer: Marcus Paige (17.4); Experience Ranking: 311; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 58; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 22.

16 - Cincinnati: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Sean Kilpatrick (20.7); Experience Ranking: 112; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 109; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 9.

17 - Creighton: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Doug McDermott (26.9); Experience Ranking: 12; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 1; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 126.

18 - UCLA: McDonald’s All-Americans: Two; Leading Scorer: Kyle Anderson (14.9); Experience Ranking: 293; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 14; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 49.

19 - New Mexico: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Cameron Bairstow (20.3); Experience Ranking: 106; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 38; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 38.

20 - Oklahoma: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Buddy Hield (16.8); Experience Ranking: 305; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 13; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 81.

21 - Ohio State: McDonald’s All-Americans: Two; Leading Scorer: LaQuinton Ross (15.4); Experience Ranking: 53; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 122; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 4.

22 - Connecticut: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Shabazz Napier (17.4); Experience Ranking: 67; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 80; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 11.

23 - Kentucky: McDonald’s All-Americans: Seven; Leading Scorer: Julius Randle (15.0); Experience Ranking: 351; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 19; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 35.

24 - Memphis: McDonald’s All-Americans: Two; Leading Scorer: Joe Jackson (14.3); Experience Ranking: 62; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 66; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 53.

25 - VCU: McDonald’s All-Americans: None; Leading Scorer: Treveon Graham (15.7); Experience Ranking: 186; Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 106; Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 2.

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Comments

Rodney Crain 6 months, 1 week ago

As they should be. I have ISU going further than KU in the NCAA's too, they just are playing better basketball.

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Mark Lindrud 6 months, 1 week ago

We are such an unknown with Joel out that I can see it too. If OSU gets past Arizona anything is possible with them.

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Jeremy Wilhelm 6 months, 1 week ago

As soon as their shooting comes back down to earth they will be had. They can't defend the post well enough, consistently enough to win reliably if they shoot their average, which they have greatly exceeded of late.

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Titus Canby 6 months, 1 week ago

I picked OSU to go to the Final 4, ISU to the Elite 8. For us, so much depends on which team shows up - the one that beat Texas by 30, or the one that lost to ISU and WVU. My guess is we lose to New Mexico. If we make it past them, I'm liking our chances in revenge games against Syracuse (revenge for 2003), and Florida (revenge for last fall and for disrespecting Wiggins).

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Shane Garrett 6 months, 1 week ago

Well, in one bracket I have ISU over KU for the championship.

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Joe Ross 6 months, 1 week ago

I think at this point in the season, ISU is definitely a better team than Kansas. I have no problem with the ranking whatsoever. In fact, we are lucky to be ranked where we are. Kane, Ejim, Niang, Hogue....I mean, you know. It's not like these guys are scrubs. Maybe there are those among us who took the name "Iowa State" in vain in seasons past. No longer! Under Hoiberg, Iowa State is rising to relevance (perhaps even to prominence). Kansas and Iowa State both have offensive firepower. But head-to-head, ISU is clearly the better defensive team.

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Jeremy Wilhelm 6 months, 1 week ago

I am a little shocked that you would put ISU and 'good defense' in the same thought. Granted they rank a little higher than KU according to this one source: (http://www.teamrankings.com/ncaa-basketball/stat/defensive-efficiency) but they are still 97th in the country which isn't very good.

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Joe Ross 6 months ago

Read it again. I said ISU was better than KU.

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Steve Jacob 6 months, 1 week ago

You complain about ISU over KU, when you have Michigan St. over Michigan. Michigan beat MSU twice and won the Big 10 by three games before the tournament final.

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Rich Hetherington 6 months ago

I'm not surprised by the AP at all, okay I too am surprised that St. Louis is ranked still, but as far as Iowa St. goes, I think they've been horribly under-ranked for much of the season. You could argue that their resume is better than Virginia's (which I definitely think it is). What was shocking was them being 16th last week; I had them 10th in my rankings, so after beating KSU, KU and Baylor last week while KU beat OSU and lost to Iowa St., I felt it was just enough to push Iowa St's total resume ahead of KU's. It's hard not to be biased with my Jayhawks, but I'm pretty good about it when doing my weekly rankings.

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