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Jayhawks remain No. 4 in latest AP poll

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Maui Invitational coaches, from left, Tom Crean (Georgia), Anthony Grant (Dayton), Mike Young (Virginia Tech), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Bill Self (Kansas), Eric Bovaird (Chaminade), Mark Pope (BYU) and Mick Cronin (UCLA) pose with signed surfboards against a backdrop of paradise following Sunday morning's press conference at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Maui.

Maui Invitational coaches, from left, Tom Crean (Georgia), Anthony Grant (Dayton), Mike Young (Virginia Tech), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Bill Self (Kansas), Eric Bovaird (Chaminade), Mark Pope (BYU) and Mick Cronin (UCLA) pose with signed surfboards against a backdrop of paradise following Sunday morning's press conference at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Maui. by Matt Tait

There was not a much movement at the top of the polls this week, with the top four teams retaining their rankings from last week.

That included Kansas, which remained at No. 4 when the new poll was released Monday, and Michigan State, which held strong at No. 3. Duke and Louisville remained 1-2 in this week’s poll.

In fact, the only change in the top 16 spots in this week’s poll was at No. 5 and No. 6, where Maryland jumped one spot to fifth and flip-flopped spots with North Carolina.

Three Big 12 teams are ranked in this week’s Top 25 (Texas Tech is 12th and Baylor 19th) and Colorado, KU’s first opponent after the Maui Invitational (Dec. 7 in Lawrence) jumped two spots to No. 21.

Kansas will open play in the 2019 Maui Invitational tonight at 8 p.m. against host team Chaminade.

A win there would move the Jayhawks (3-1) into the semifinals on Tuesday night against the winner of the Monday matchup between BYU and UCLA.

While four quality teams sit on the other side of the bracket, all eyes at this tournament are on a potential title-game matchup between KU and Michigan State on Wednesday (which would tip off at 4 p.m. central).

Michigan State opens the tournament against Virginia Tech at 5 p.m. central and, if the third-ranked Spartans win there, they would face the winner of Georgia-Dayton in Tuesday's semifinals.

Here's the rest of this week's AP Top 25

1 - Duke, 6-0, 1,610 (53)

2 - Louisville, 6-0, 1,512 (7)

3 - Michigan State, 3-1, 1,500 (4)

4 - Kansas, 3-1, 1,383

5 - Maryland, 5-0, 1,262

6 - North Carolina, 4-0, 1,260

7 - Virginia, 6-0, 1,232 (1)

8 - Gonzaga, 6-0, 1,222

9 - Kentucky, 5-1, 1,090

10 - Ohio State, 5-0, 1,033

11 - Oregon, 5-0, 1,006

12 - Texas Tech, 5-0, 933

13 - Seton Hall, 4-1, 866

14 - Arizona, 6-0, 716

15 - Utah State, 7-0, 702

16 - Memphis, 5-1, 587

17 - Tennessee, 4-0, 490

18 - Auburn, 5-0, 488

19 - Baylor, 5-1, 450

20 - VCU, 5-0, 426

21 - Colorado, 4-0, 290

22 - Villanova, 4-2, 247

23 - Washington, 5-1, 228

24 - Florida, 5-2, 148

25 - Xavier, 6-1, 139

Others receiving votes: Florida State 137, Saint Mary's 22, Oklahoma 22, Butler 21, LSU 19, Texas 16, Arkansas 13, Michigan 12, Penn State 10, Purdue 10, Liberty 6, Wisconsin 4, Missouri 3, Cincinnati 3, Vermont 2, San Diego State 2, Dayton 1, Mississippi State 1, Georgia 1

Comments

Michael Maris 1 week, 2 days ago

That's alright to be #4 at this time in the season. Just aim to be #1 at the end of the evening (that first Monday in April of 2020).

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