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Kansas storms back into top 10 in AP poll

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Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) elevates for a three over Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski (21) during the second half on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) elevates for a three over Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski (21) during the second half on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. by Nick Krug

Kansas moved back into the top 10 in the Associated Press college basketball poll released today.

After scoring victories in Sacramento vs. Stanford and at Texas, the Jayhawks moved from No. 11 to No. 10, giving the Big 12 three top 10 schools and the state of Kansas two schools in the top 10.

The top 25 with the five Big 12 teams listed in bold type:

1 — Michigan State (14-1)

2 - Duke (13-1)

3 - Villanova (13-1)

4 - Arizona State (12-1)

5 - Xavier (14-1)

6 - West Virginia (12-1)

7 - Oklahoma (11-1)

8 - Virginia (12-1)

9 - Wichita State (11-2)

10 - Kansas (11-2)

11 - Texas A&M (11-2)

12 - North Carolina (12-2)

13 - Purdue (13-2)

14 - Arizona (11-3)

15 - Miami (Fla.) (12-1)

16 - TCU (12-1)

17 - Kentucky (11-2)

18 - Texas Tech (12-1)

19 (tie) - Gonzaga (12-3)

19 (tie) — Cincinnati (12-2)

21 - Seton Hall (13-2)

22 - Arkansas (11-2)

23 - Tennessee (9-3)

24 - Florida State (11-2)

25 - Clemson (12-1)

After a one-sided loss to Texas Tech, injury-weakened Baylor dropped out of the top 25 and is first among others receiving votes.

Even though this season's pre-conference schedule was not as difficult as usual, KU still will face no shortage of quality competition this season.

Kansas is 1-1 vs. teams currently ranked in the top 25 with a victory against Kentucky and a loss to Arizona State and has nine remaining scheduled games vs. current top 25 schools, including a tough test vs. No. 11 Texas A&M in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, Jan. 27 in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU had made it as high as No. 2 in the poll four weeks ago and then dropped out of the 10 in the rankings the next week, to No. 13, and dipped as low as No. 14 before returning to the top 10 today for the first time since a No. 2 ranking with a 7-0 record.

Comments

Bryce Landon 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Considering Kansas was #11 in the last poll, I'd hardly say KU "stormed back" into the Top 10 when they go up only one spot.

Shannon Gustafson 3 months, 3 weeks ago

You again found a way to complain about the article. You've got an incredible talent to find the negative in everything. Don't have to ask if the glass if half full or half empty!

Bryce Landon 3 months, 3 weeks ago

What you call negativity I call being realistic. To give the article a headline about storming back in the rankings when we only moved up one spot is clickbait, pure and simple. Come on, Shannon, pull your head out of your butt and see things as they are.

Shannon Gustafson 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Is it such a large deal that you had to point out the ONLY negative thing you could possibly find in the article? Does it really matter whether it says "stormed" into or backed into or climbed by default info the top 10? No matter how you word it, KU won last week and moved up in the rankings and that's a positive.

Len Shaffer 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm with you, Bryce. When I clicked on it, I thought KU had moved up to something like #5. And Shannon, Bryce is absolutely right to point out something that's intentionally misleading. Putting something in a headline that is greatly exaggerated as a way to attract more readers is not just a minor error, it's an unprofessional and irritating strategy and is typical of something that Keegan does.

Ashwin Rao 3 months, 3 weeks ago

@Shannon, but I agree with @Bryce on this one... there was no "storming back"... that term is so cliche and non relevant for a one spot move.

J.L. Forge 3 months, 3 weeks ago

While I do agree that rising from #11 to #10 isn't "storming", who really cares and is it worth specifically pointing out? Each to his own.

Shannon Gustafson 3 months, 3 weeks ago

This is my point, the only negative thing that could be perceived from the article is to nitpick grammar, spelling, or word usage. Of course Bryce chose to go this route (find something minor to complain about) rather than just let it roll.

Len Shaffer 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Again, Shannon, clickbait is NOT an error, it is intentional, and it is unprofessional.

Nathan Guy 3 months, 2 weeks ago

It is a reporter's job to use "clickbait" to attain readers for the site/article. Though it may sometimes be misleading there is a fine line of professionalism to take into account. However, "storming" back into the top ten was a reference to raining 3's in Texas rather than jumping a bunch of spots in the rankings. I don't see it as unprofessional.

Andy Godwin 3 months, 3 weeks ago

OU and Trae Young are the darlings of the media and rightfully so given Young is the leading candidate for national player of the year. Was rooting for TCU, given that holding court at home and winning big road are key to becoming the Big 12 champs. TCU just didn't play smart down the stretch. Next up for KU is a one loss Texas Tech team. After the month of January, fans should know who is for real in the Big 12.

DiscGolfer Jason 3 months, 3 weeks ago

And B.P. will probably still not be playing. Ugh.

Bryce Landon 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Seems to me Oklahoma has always been the darling of the media - as far back as 2002, and perhaps even further back in the Billy Tubbs days. When the Sooners have good teams, they always seem to get higher seeds then what they actually deserve. Allow me to present the following examples.

2003 - OU finished 3rd place in the Big 12 but got a #1 seed after winning the Big 12 Tournament. Kansas, who was Big 12 regular season champions, got a #2 seed.

2009 - OU won neither the Big 12 regular season or postseason titles, but they got a #2 seed. Kansas, the regular season champ, and Missouri, the postseason champ, got #3 seeds.

2016 - OU won neither the Big 12 regular season or postseason titles - both went to Kansas. The Sooners finished third place in the league and lost to WVU in the semifinals. But OU still got a #1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

DiscGolfer Jason 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately, I have a feeling that KU will be storming back the other way after TCU on Sat.

And why are they playing at 9:15 ET?

Dale Rogers 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Keegan, did you really mean in that last paragraph that Kansas dropped clear off the poll? Maybe you meant dropped out of the top ten?

Dirk Medema 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Either you and 2 others misread the paragraph, or they received your comment and edited appropriately. Thanks I think.

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