Big week vaults Jayhawks to No. 2 in latest AP Top 25

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) gets up to defend against a shot from West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip (12) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) gets up to defend against a shot from West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip (12) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Kansas basketball team went 2-0 in its most challenging week of the season so far, and the Associated Press moved the Jayhawks from No. 6 to No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25.

While Oklahoma stayed at No. 3 in the poll after a 76-72 home loss to KU, Bill Self’s Jayhawks, who also defeated West Virginia last week, jumped the Sooners and No. 4 Iowa.

The former No. 2 team, Maryland, switched spots with Kansas after losing to Wisconsin.

Former No. 5 Xavier dropped to No. 8 after losing at Creighton.

Villanova narrowly retained its No. 1 ranking after winning at DePaul and beating St. John’s. Villanova received the most No. 1 votes (44), and Kansas received the rest (21). Villanova had 1,601 points in the poll to KU’s 1,578.

The Big 12 kept a strong standing in the latest rankings, with the Jayhawks and Sooners in the top five, and No. 10 West Virginia, No. 13 Iowa State, No. 24 Texas and No. 25 Baylor joining them among the top 25.

AP TOP 25 — Feb. 15, 2016

No. 1 — Villanova, 22-3

No. 2 — Kansas, 21-4

No. 3 — Oklahoma, 20-4

No. 4 — Iowa, 20-5

No. 5 — North Carolina, 21-4

No. 6 — Maryland, 22-4

No. 7 — Virginia, 20-5

tie-No. 8 — Michigan State, 21-5

tie-No. 8 — Xavier, 22-3

No. 10 — West Virginia, 20-5

No. 11 — Miami (FL), 20-4

No. 12 — Arizona, 21-5

No. 13 — Iowa State, 18-7

No. 14 — Kentucky, 19-6

No. 15 — Dayton, 21-3

No. 16 — Oregon, 20-6

No. 17 — Purdue, 20-6

No. 18 — Louisville, 19-6

No. 19 — Notre Dame, 18-7

No. 20 — Duke, 19-6

No. 21 — SMU, 21-3

No. 22 — Indiana, 20-6

No. 23 — Providence, 19-7

No. 24 — Texas, 16-9

No. 25 — Baylor, 18-7

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