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KU falls three spots to No. 6 in latest Associated Press poll

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Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) puts up a three from the wing over Kansas guard Tristan Enaruna (13) during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) puts up a three from the wing over Kansas guard Tristan Enaruna (13) during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

KU’s lopsided loss to Texas over the weekend dropped the Jayhawks three spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, from No. 3 to No. 6.

Texas, meanwhile, moved up four spots from No. 8 and into the Top 5.

Gonzaga and Baylor held their spots as the top two teams in the country, with the Zags picking up 63 of the 64 available first-place votes. Baylor got the other.

In all, four Big 12 Conference teams are in this week’s AP Top 25 — West Virginia is 14th and Texas Tech 18th — and seven past or future Kansas opponents are in this week’s poll, including four teams ranked in the top seven.

After a killer stretch against three Top 15 teams to open Big 12 play, the Jayhawks, who went 2-1 against Texas Tech, West Virginia and Texas to open conference play, will step away from ranked foes during the next two weeks.

KU will play at TCU on Tuesday night at 9 p.m., home versus Oklahoma on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and at Oklahoma State and home versus Iowa State the following week.

After that, KU and Baylor will get together in Waco, Texas, for the first of two showdowns this season between Big 12 heavyweights (8 p.m. Jan. 18 on ESPN) and the first of three Big Monday games for the Jayhawks during the 2020-21 season.

The Jayhawks’ spot in this week’s poll extends their NCAA record of consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 to 227.

Here’s a look at the rest of this week’s Top 25:

1 – Gonzaga, 10-0, 1,599 (63)

2 – Baylor, 9-0, 1,537 (1)

3 – Villanova, 8-1, 1,453

4 – Texas, 8-1, 1,415

5 – Iowa, 9-2, 1,298

6 – Kansas, 8-2, 1,224

7 – Creighton, 8-2, 1,140

8 – Wisconsin, 9-2, 1,085

9 – Tennessee, 7-1, 1,076

10 – Michigan, 9-0, 1,039

11 – Houston, 8-1, 977

12 – Illinois, 8-3, 878

13 – Missouri, 7-1, 747

14 – West Virginia, 8-3, 706

15 – Rutgers, 7-2, 703

16 – Minnesota, 10-2, 559

17 – Oregon, 8-1, 545

18 – Texas Tech, 8-3, 445

19 – Clemson, 8-1, 411

19 – Virginia Tech, 8-1, 411

21 – Duke, 3-2, 280

22 – Virginia, 5-2, 258

23 – St. Louis, 7-1, 133

23 – Michigan State, 7-3, 133

25 – Florida State, 5-2, 120

Others receiving votes: Florida 110, Louisville 103, Ohio State 96, Northwestern 86, Oklahoma State 68, Arizona 25, Colorado 19, BYU 18, Drake 17, North Carolina State 16, Oklahoma 15, Arkansas 14, Seton Hall 11, UCLA 6, Xavier 5, San Diego State 4, Connecticut 4, LSU 3, Boise State 3, Indiana 2, Alabama 2, Syracuse 1

Comments

Bj Cassady 1 week, 5 days ago

I am not certain we are a top 10 team. Not until we figure out the post problem, offensively and defensively.

John Strayer 1 week, 4 days ago

I has been long believed that the 2020-2021 Jayhawks will only go as far as David's play will allow. I don't think the 5 guard lineup is sustainable and if David gets hurt we're in a world of trouble. Despite Silvio's issues, his loss was a pretty big blow to the current line-up. Would have been nice to have more games where Gethro could have seen the floor more just to see what he has. It seems Self is more confident in 5 guards than he is with Gethro being thrown in in a pinch.

Dirk Medema 1 week, 5 days ago

Even the next couple weeks could be rough if we don’t have Marcus and Bryce. Big opp for others to step up. And yes, we need David to figure out how to play the 5 consistently.

Garry Wright 1 week, 3 days ago

I believe that there's five Big 12 teams in the top 25, three of them in the top 10.

Armen Kurdian 1 week, 1 day ago

Yup, wheels have come off the bus, and it's on fire. Speaking of fire, fire the entire coaching staff and expel the whole team, and burn down AFH, and purge all references to it over the internet and dark web.

Sorry, feeling ornery there. I will say it's interesting in a year like this that a loss like we had to UT didn't feel so apocalyptic. I was almost like, "Meh." KU bounced back well, Don't think anyone expected us to go unbeaten in league play, or even at home for that matter.

College hoops are still fun to watch!

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