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We’ve got a big one in the Big 12 tonight — Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State's Jeffrey Carroll (30) drives the ball around Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

Oklahoma State's Jeffrey Carroll (30) drives the ball around Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson) by Matt Tait

For the past couple of weeks, it's been the Kansas men's basketball program that has had to keep pace with Texas Tech at the top of the Big 12 standings.

But tonight, it's the Red Raiders who will be trying to keep pace when they take on Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Make no mistake about it: Tonight's game between Texas Tech and Oklahoma State is as big for the Big 12 race — and KU's quest for a 14th consecutive Big 12 title — as Saturday's showdown between the Jayhawks and Red Raiders in Lubbock.

The reason? Simple.

A win for Tech tonight sets up a potential winner-take-all scenario on Saturday, with the winner of the KU-Tech game taking a full one-game lead into the final two games of the season. Win out and the Big 12 is yours.

A loss for Tech tonight would set up Kansas with an opportunity to clinch at least a share of No. 14 by knocking off Texas Tech on Saturday.

Before moving on to a quick look at what comes after Saturday, let's take a brief look back at Texas Tech-Oklahoma State Round 1 to set up tonight's matchup.

That game, as you might have guessed, was won by the Red Raiders, 75-70 in Lubbock, on a night when the Cowboys led by 12 at halftime (37-25) but gave up 50 points to Texas Tech during the second half.

TTU guard Keenan Evans, as he has done so many times this season, led all scorers with 26 points in 37 minutes and got to the free throw line a dozen times to help secure the win.

Fabulous freshman Jarrett Culver added 25 for the Red Raiders, who needed every point they got to hold off the Cowboys back on Jan. 23.

Oklahoma State's offense featured more balance, with three players in double figures — led by Jeffrey Carroll's 16 — and six players scoring seven points or more.

Tech got to the free throw line 33 times — compared to just 19 for the Cowboys — and also made three more 3-pointers (10-of-19) than OSU (7-of-17) to pull out the victory. The Red Raiders also forced 20 Oklahoma State turnovers.

Since that night, Texas Tech has won six of seven games, with Saturday's loss at Baylor being the only setback. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, is just 2-4 since that loss at Texas Tech, but those two wins came against West Virginia and Kansas, so it's clear, based on both the first meeting with Tech and the victories that came after it, that the Cowboys are capable of making things tough for Texas Tech tonight.

That becomes particularly true if Evans, who was injured in the Baylor loss and has been listed as day-to-day, can't play or is in some way limited by the toe injury that cost him most of the Baylor game.

Regardless of what happens tonight, the KU-Texas Tech game will be huge for both teams.

And that fact is being reflected in the ticket prices for Saturday's game — 3 p.m. at United Supermarkets Arena.

According to Vivid Seats, the average ticket price for Saturday's game is $108 per seat. That is higher than all of Texas Tech's home football games this season.

In addition, the Vivid price for two lower level seats to Saturday's game is a whopping $976.

After Saturday, Kansas and Texas Tech both will have two games left and the Big 12 race ultimately could be decided by what happens in those as, well.

For Kansas:

vs. Texas on Monday, Feb. 26 (Senior night)

at Oklahoma State on Saturday, March 3

And for Texas Tech:

at West Virginia on Monday, Feb. 26

vs. TCU on Saturday, March 3

Advantage Kansas there, as that road game at WVU is by far the toughest of the four. But Oklahoma State already beat KU once and Texas is a different team today than the one the Jayhawks played to open Big 12 play in Austin in late December.

The race is on. And it will get really interesting starting tonight.

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Devonte’ Graham now all alone in 2nd place on KU’s all-time 3-point list

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) raises up the Fieldhouse during a timeout in the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) raises up the Fieldhouse during a timeout in the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Given his unselfish nature and constant team-first focus, it only seems fitting that, on a night when Kansas senior Devonte' Graham eclipsed a major milestone, the bulk of the talk after the game was about the minutes he did not play.

For the first time in 11 games, KU's point guard and sensational leader actually got a rest.

It came midway through the first half, when Graham sat for exactly three minutes of game clock — thus ending a streak of 10 consecutive 40-minute games — and, according to KU coach Bill Self, would not have come had Oklahoma point guard Trae Young not gone to the bench first.

That was Self's plan for dealing with Young when these two teams met in Norman, Oklahoma in late January — Graham guards him until he sits and Graham sits when he does — and it was the plan again on Monday night. Only this time, Graham actually got that rest.

Asked about his first view of a game from the bench in 37 days, Graham admitted that sitting there watching instead of playing actually did feel a little strange.

“I haven’t watched a game from the sideline since I don’t know when, so definitely felt like, ‘What?’ ” Graham said with a sly grin after Monday's 104-74 victory over Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse. “It’s been like 10 games since I sat down. So yeah, it felt weird.”

That was about the only thing odd about Graham's game on Monday night, as the Jayhawks' leading scorer was sensational once again in leading his team to the welcomed rout of the Sooners and their national player of the year front-runner.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) puts up a three over Oklahoma guard Rashard Odomes (1) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) puts up a three over Oklahoma guard Rashard Odomes (1) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

In outdueling Young, Graham poured in 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting and added seven assists, five rebounds and two steals in his 35 minutes on the floor.

Five of those eight makes came from behind the 3-point line, which moved Graham into second place on KU's all-time 3-point shooting list, with 270 career triples, one 3-pointer ahead of former KU bomber Billy Thomas, who held the spot, with 269, for the past 20 years.

“It was good to see him make shots,” Self said of his senior leader. “The first time we played them, I don’t remember exactly, but Devonte’ didn’t shoot it well at all (4 for 19 from the field, 1 for 9 from 3-point range). He took basically the same shots tonight, but everybody made a pretty decent percentage.”

Graham now sits 68 3-pointers behind KU's all-time leader, Jeff Boschee, and figures to stay there given the fact that his career is winding down.

Even if the Jayhawks go on to win the Big 12 Tournament and NCAA Touranment, Graham would need to average nearly six 3-pointers per game the rest of the season to pass Boschee.

Reaching 300 career 3-pointers seems more attainable and would require Graham to average three or four 3-pointers per game, depending on how many games the Jayhawks actually play the rest of the way.

Still, climbing all the way to the second rung on the ladder is a wildly impressive feat for a player who was headed to Appalachian State before the opportunity at Kansas presented itself.

Graham has now made 84 3-pointers in 202 attempts this season, giving him a .416 percentage through 27 games.

Believe it or not, that percentage, if it holds, would be just the third best single-season showing of his impressive Kansas career.

Graham shot .441 from downtown as a sophomore (75 for 170) and .425 from 3-point range as a freshman, albeit in just 40 attempts.

He currently ranks second on this team in both makes and percentage to fellow-senior Svi Mykhailiuk, who has hit 88 of 196 on the season for a .446 clip.

Svi did not get quite the same opportunity for big minutes as Graham did early on in his career but is still climbing KU's 3-point ladder at a rapid rate himself.

Svi now sits in sixth place on KU's all-time 3-point list, with 210 career triples, five ahead of Brandon Rush (205) and 22 behind Sherron Collins (232).

Passing Thomas would require 60 more makes this season — just a little less than Graham would need to pass Boschee — but climbing into fourth place, ahead of Collins and Kirk Hinrich (236) certainly seems within reach for the young Ukrainian.

Talk about fitting. These two players who have been best friends, similar shooters and roommates throughout their KU career, could wind up in an awfully lofty position together on one of KU's most impressive all-time lists when it's all said and done.

And like Boschee and Thomas before them, there's a better than good chance that they'll both be staying there for quite a while, as well.


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By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

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KU Sports Extra: Smoking the Sooners

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Postgame Report Card: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74

The Kansas bench celebrates a dunk in the final minutes by Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe (3) during the second half of their 104-74 win against Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas bench celebrates a dunk in the final minutes by Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe (3) during the second half of their 104-74 win against Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 104-74 rout of Oklahoma on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Offense: A+

61 percent from the floor. 55 percent from 3-point range. Five players in double figures. Nine in the score column. I don't care who you are, or how you grade it, this was about as close to a perfect night as you can get in college basketball. For perspective, the template for this Report Card always says at the top, “Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 114-71 rout of Texas Southern on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.” That was darn near the score on Monday night, against a team that features the potential national player of the year that some said could win the Big 12 at the season's midway point. Hell of a night.

Defense: A

Bill Self said after the victory that he still thinks his team can defend better. And it probably can. But boy were the Jayhawks good in the early going of this one. Active hands, elite intensity and energy and all kinds of effort plays that steamrolled Oklahoma and took the Sooners out of the game almost immediately. Heck, the Jayhawks even crushed OU on the glass in this one, 38-25.

Frontcourt: A

Outside of a bad foul 20 seconds into the second half and a couple of quick ones in the first half, Udoka Azubuike was solid in this one and went after the ball whenever it was near him, be it on rebounds or shot attempts by OU. He finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals in 18 minutes. And he didn't need to play more because of the Jayhawks' big night from back-up Silvio De Sousa, who tallied 10 points and 6 boards in 13 minutes. Add to that Mitch Lightfoot's 4 points and 3 blocks in 7 minutes and you're looking at a pretty strong night from a pretty good trio.

Backcourt: A+

Svi found his shot again — 5-of-10 overall, 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Graham was sensational in out-dueling OU freshman Trae Young. And Malik Newman's 20-point night was a little overshadowed by all of it but certainly did not deserve to be. He was terrific and carried the confidence of a trained assassin. Add to that another strong showing by Lagerald Vick and it's another easy A.

Bench: A

We're going to give the bench an A tonight simply because of the fact that they actually played. Not only were De Sousa and Lightfoot good in real minutes, but Clay Young, Chris Teahan, Sam Cunliffe and even James Sosinski actually got in at the end to close the game out. “It's always great when you can sub your starting five out the last two minutes of the game,” Newman said after the victory. “It just speaks to how good our team played tonight.”


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By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

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Jayhawks jump back up to No. 8 in latest AP Poll; now a 1 seed in ESPN’s Bracketology

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) elevates to defend against a shot from West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. (4) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) elevates to defend against a shot from West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. (4) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

After spending a week on the outside looking in, the Kansas men's basketball team is back in the Top 10 of the weekly Associated Press Top 25.

Powered by a road win at Iowa State and a comeback victory at home over then-No. 20 West Virginia, the Jayhawks jumped five spots from No. 13 to No. 8 in the latest poll released Monday morning.

KU's next opponent — the Trae-Young-led Oklahoma Sooners, 8 p.m. tonight at Allen Fieldhouse — fell out of the poll entirely after losing to Texas over the weekend, their fifth loss in a row and eighth in the last 10 games. Oklahoma had been No. 23 in the AP Top 25.

The top four spots in this week's poll remained unchanged, with Virginia, Michigan State, Villanova and Xavier holding down spots 1 through 4.

Duke, which had been ranked 12th a week ago, made the biggest jump of the week, up seven spots to No. 5.

Texas Tech, which sits tied with Kansas atop the Big 12 standings with four games to play in the race, moved up one spot to No. 6, setting up a heck of a showdown of two Top 10 teams in Lubbock, Texas, this weekend.

West Virginia fell one spot to No. 21, which rounded out the Big 12 presence in this week's poll.

In separate but related news, the Jayhawks also made a move up in ESPN.com's Bracketology over the weekend, jumping from a No. 2 seed back onto the 1 line.

Joe Lunardi has Kansas slated as a No. 1 seed in the West region and playing their first two rounds in Wichita before, if they survive, heading out to Los Angeles for the Sweet 16.

The other No. 1 seeds in the latest Bracketology update are: Virginia (South), Villanova (East) and Xavier (Midwest).

Here's a look at the complete AP Top 25:

1 – Virginia (42), 24-2

2 – Michigan State (19), 26-3

3 – Villanova (4), 24-3

4 – Xavier, 24-4

5 – Duke, 22-5

6 – Texas Tech, 22-5

7 – Gonzaga, 25-4

8 – Kansas, 21-6

9 – Purdue, 24-5

10 – North Carolina, 21-7

11 – Cincinnati, 23-4

12 – Auburn, 23-4

13 – Wichita State, 21-5

14 – Arizona, 21-6

15 – Clemson, 20-6

16 – Ohioa State, 22-7

17 – Michigan, 22-7

18 – Rhode Island, 21-4

19 – Tennessee, 19-7

20 – Nevada, 23-5

21 – West Virginia, 19-8

22 – Saint Mary's, 25-4

23 – Houston, 21-5

24 – Middle Tennessee, 22-5

25 – Florida State, 19-8

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Postgame Report Card: Kansas 77, West Virginia 69

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) fights for position with West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) and West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) fights for position with West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) and West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 77-69, comeback victory over West Virginia on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Offense: A-

There was really nothing to not like about KU's offensive effort. Maybe Svi didn't take enough shots (3-of-6). Maybe Devonte' Graham didn't make enough (2-of-6). But overall, Ku shot 47 perent from the floor, 32 percent from 3-point range, turned it over just eight times and, oh yeah, won the game. Doing all of that against a tough, defensive minded team like West Virginia brings this into the A range on the curve.

Defense: B+

I thought KU's effort was there all game on the defensive end. At times, the Mountaineers just made a bunch of tough shots. Particularly senior guard Daxter Miles Jr. The Jayhawks' defense was at its best when the game was on the line and that's good enough to make this a solid B for me. Give them the plus for again coming within three rebounds of playing even with WVU in that area, as well.

Frontcourt: A-

Udoka Azubuike was a beast and played with great effort and energy for most of the night. He even hit his free throws and avoided the bad fouls that have plagued him at times this season. Azubuike also gets credit for playing 31 minutes on a night when KU needed him out there for every one of them. Mitch Lightfoot played just nine minutes and had very little to show for it on an off night for the KU back-up.

Backcourt: A

Graham may not have shot as much as some would have liked or expected, but he still finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Sheesh. Lagerald Vick had a great first half from an effort and intangible standpoint. Malik Newman had a good finish and a couple of important minutes in the middle. And Marcus Garrett played a terrific first half. Only Svi Mykhailiuk failed to stand out, and even at that the senior hit half of his shots and added four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 37 minutes. If you had a problem with the KU backcourt in this one, I'm not sure what to tell you.

Bench: B-

As mentioned above, Garrett's first half was terrific. He played tough, scored points inside and out and even handled the role of being the point man in bringing the ball up the floor on a handful of occasions. He played sparingly in the second half, though, and Lightfoot had an off night. So this one's a low B, mostly due to lack of material to grade.

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Jayhawks check in on Romeo Langford on Valentine’s Day

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According to multiple reports, Kansas coaches Bill Self and Jerrance Howard spent part of their Valentine's Day on Wednesday visiting Romeo — Romeo Langford, that is.

Langford, the top remaining uncommitted prospect in the 2018 class, and one of the top targets on Kansas' wish list for months, is down to KU, Indiana and Vanderbilt and is in the process of making another round of check-ins with all three schools.

A product of New Albany, Indiana, Langford, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard and dynamic scorer who is enjoying a monster senior season, has had plenty of opportunities to visit Indiana and continues to be wooed by both the IU basketball program and thousands of people in his home state on an almost-daily basis.

Think of the legend of the Indiana high school basketball player who can do no wrong and is a hero to everyone in the state, in the biggest cities and smallest farms, and that's pretty much the life Langford leads right now.

But just because the Hoosiers have the home-court advantage does not mean the Jayhawks or Commodores are out of it and that's why all three schools continue their pursuit of the prized recruit as hard as they ever have.

For Kansas, adding Langford to an already stellar class, which currently ranks No. 3 in the nation according to Rivals.com, would position the 2018 crew to be considered the best in the country and, arguably, the best Self and company have ever hauled in at KU.

With guards Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes, big men Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack and Kansas City-area wing Ochai Agbaji already on board, adding Langford would put this group over the top, bringing the necessary added scoring and outside shooting that the Jayhawks need in the class.

Langford's father, Tim, recently spoke about all three of his son's finalists with Adam Zagoria, of zagsblog.com, and it's clear that playing alongside Dotson and Grimes would not be a problem for Langford, who knows both players very well.

“We like Coach Self as a coach and we also like the program,” Tim Langford told Zagoria. “We like their staff. He already mentioned that they were going to try to get those two guys (Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes), they finally got Grimes. He was talking about doing a three-way offense for his guards and having Romeo, Grimes and Dotson take the ball up and down the court, so we don’t see any problem with that.”

Here's a quick look at Tim Langford's latest thoughts on Romeo's other two finalists:

On Indiana:

“Well, first of all he’s homegrown and making history by staying at home and going to IU. And also we like the style of offense that Archie Miller has. They brought the one they had from Dayton, he brought that to Indiana. So we like that, but we still want to see a bit more and also get to know the coaching staff a little bit more, too.”

Vanderbilt:

“Coach (Bryce) Drew, for one, played NBA ball for five or six years and his style of offense, Romeo can see himself fitting in that style of offense. But we like that program and the coaching staff also."

According to Zagoria, Langford is expected to visit Vanderbilt this weekend for Vandy's home game against Florida.

There remains no known timeline for a Romeo Langford decision. It's possible it could come before the April signing period arrives — perhaps at the McDonald's All-American Game in late March — or even sometime sooner.

In the meantime, there's no doubt that Langford and his family will continue to kick the tires on every aspect of each program and that coaches from all three will continue to recruit Langford like he is the player that could put them over the top.

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KU Sports Extra: All Hands on Deck in Ames

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Postgame Report Card: Kansas 83, Iowa State 77

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) puts up a shot after a foul from Iowa State guard Donovan Jackson (4) during the first half, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) puts up a shot after a foul from Iowa State guard Donovan Jackson (4) during the first half, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. by Nick Krug

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 83-77 road win at Iowa State on Tuesday night.

Offense: A

The Kansas offense scored more than 80 points for the first time since Jan. 9 — the last time the Jayhawks played Iowa State — and shot 48.4 percent from the floor while bouncing back from last weekend's 6-of-31 shooting performance from 3-point range with a 9-of-26 night that included some clutch shots from a couple of key players.

Defense: B

The Jayhawks weren't necessarily terrific defensively but a lot of their good offense was fueled by stops on the defensive end and they did limit the Cyclones to 18.8 percent shooting from 3-point range for the game while making it incredibly hard on guards Donovan Jackson (3 points on 1-of-9 shooting) and Lindell Wigginton (12, 3-of-12) for most of the night. Kansas was out-rebounded 40-31.

Frontcourt: A

Udoka Azubuike was an absolute monster, scoring 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and carrying the Kansas offense at times. He also blocked three shots and committed just one bad foul, an improvement upon recent games. During the minutes they were on the floor, Mitch Lightfoot and even Silvio De Sousa also did a decent job of holding down the fort for Azubuike, even if it wasn't always pretty. Give most of the grade here to Azubuike, though. He was big and Kansas needs more of that moving forward.

Backcourt: A-

Rare is the game where Lagerald Vick and Malik Newman were more productive, efficient and clutch than seniors Devonte' Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk, but that's what we got on Tuesday night. Add to that the fact that Self said some of KU's best basketball came with guard Marcus Garrett on the floor and this one just barely creeps into the A range, mostly because Vick and Newman's solid nights were so big but also did not come on a night when Graham and Mykhailiuk disappeared.

Bench: A

The numbers might not have been the most eye-popping, but for this team, I think the bench you saw on Tuesday night was exactly what you'll need — and want — to see the rest of the way. From here on out, it's up to KU's top five to carry the day. And they obviously won't be able to do it alone. But they are going to have to play the bulk of the minutes and those three subs are going to have to fill in by keeping things together as best they can when they're asked to step onto the floor. Lightfoott, Garrett and De Sousa did that in this one. And they did it well.






By the Numbers: Kansas 83, Iowa State 77

By the Numbers: Kansas 83, Iowa State 77

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Jayhawks drop 3 spots to No. 13 in latest AP Top 25

Baylor Bears forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) flexes next to Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) after a bucket during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2018 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Baylor Bears forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) flexes next to Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) after a bucket during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2018 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. by Nick Krug

After a steady climb up the polls to open Big 12 play, the Jayhawks suddenly are headed in the opposite direction.

Ever since climbing back into the Top 5 in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 poll during Week 12, the Jayhawks have fallen in three consecutive weeks, first dropping to No. 7, then to No. 10 and this week to No. 13.

The fall out of the Top 10 comes on the heels of a weekend loss to Baylor in which the Jayhawks suffered their largest defeat of the season (16 points) and also scored a season-low 64 points in the process.

The Jayhawks remain one of four Big 12 teams ranked in the Top 25 but only Texas Tech — 21-4 overall, No. 7 in the country and in first place in the conference — seems to be headed in the right direction, with No. 20 West Virginia falling a spot after their loss to Oklahoma State and No. 23 Oklahoma falling six spots after their loss to Iowa State.

Virginia jumped up to the No. 1 spot this week, taking over the slot previously held by Villanova, which fell to third. Michigan State (2nd), Xavier (4th) and Cincinnati (5th) round out this week's Top 5.

The Jayhawks will look to begin their climb back up the polls this week at Iowa State on Tuesday night. The Cyclones have won their last four Big 12 home games by an average of 13 points over the likes of Oklahoma, Texas Tech, West Virginia and Baylor.

Tip-off on Tuesday is set for 6 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Here's a look at this week's complete Top 25:

1 – Virginia (30), 23-2

2 – Michigan State (21), 24-3

3 – Villanova (9), 23-2

4 – Xavier (5), 23-3

5 – Cincinnati, 23-2

6 – Purdue, 23-4

7 – Texas Tech, 21-4

8 – Ohio State, 22-5

9 – Gonzaga, 23-4

10 – Auburn, 22-3

11 – Clemson, 20-4

12 – Duke, 20-5

13 – Kansas, 19-6

14 – North Carolina, 19-7

15 – Saint Mary's, 24-3

16 – Rhode Island, 20-3

17 – Arizona, 20-6

18 – Tennessee, 18-6

19 – Wichita State, 19-5

20 – West Virginia, 18-7

21 – Texas A&M, 17-8

22 – Michigan, 20-7

23 – Oklahoma, 16-8

24 – Nevada, 21-5

25 – Arizona State, 19-6

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