Monday, February 22, 2016

KU still No. 2, behind No. 1 Villanova

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) puts up a shot against  Oklahoma State guard Tyree Griffin (2), guard Leyton Hammonds and forward Mitchell Solomon during the second half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. At left are Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) and Oklahoma State guard Tavarius Shine (5).

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) puts up a shot against Oklahoma State guard Tyree Griffin (2), guard Leyton Hammonds and forward Mitchell Solomon during the second half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. At left are Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) and Oklahoma State guard Tavarius Shine (5).


After the top two teams in the nation handled their business this past week, both No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Kansas maintained their spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25, released Monday afternoon.

Villanova won at Temple, and versus Butler. The Jayhawks defeated Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse, and rival Kansas State on the road.

This week Bill Self’s Jayhawks (23-4 overall, 11-3 Big 12) play at No. 19 Baylor Tuesday night, then return home Saturday to face surging Texas Tech. The Red Raiders, which didn’t crack the top 25 (but received votes and came in 30th), have won four straight games, defeating Iowa State, Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

The Wildcats enter a big week 24-3 overall and 13-1 in the Big East. Coach Jay Wright’s team plays at No. 5 Xavier on Wednesday, and travels to Marquette on Saturday.

Villanova received 45 first-place votes this week, compared to KU’s 20. The Wildcats’ 1,604 points in the poll beat out the Jayhawks’ 1,580.

Oklahoma maintained its spot at No. 3, but shares it this week with co-No. 3 Virginia, out of the ACC.

No. 14 West Virginia, No. 17 Iowa State, No. 19 Baylor and No. 25 Texas also represented the Big 12 in the latest top 25.

AP TOP 25 — Feb. 22, 2016

No. 1: Villanova, 24-3

No. 2: Kansas, 23-4

tie-No. 3: Oklahoma, 21-5

tie-No. 3: Virginia, 21-5

No. 5: Xavier, 24-3

No. 6: Michigan State, 22-5

No. 7: North Carolina, 22-5

No. 8: Iowa, 20-6

No. 9: Arizona, 22-5

No. 10: Maryland, 23-5

No. 11: Louisville, 21-6

No. 12: Miami (FL), 21-5

No. 13: Oregon, 21-6

No. 14: West Virginia, 20-7

No. 15: Duke, 20-7

No. 16: Kentucky, 20-7

No. 17: Iowa State, 19-8

No. 18: Indiana, 22-6

No. 19: Baylor, 20-7

No. 20: Purdue, 21-7

No. 21: Texas A&M; 20-7

No. 22: Utah, 21-7

No. 23: Notre Dame, 18-8

No. 24: SMU, 22-4

No. 25: Texas, 17-10

— Also receiving votes (ordered most to least votes): Dayton, Providence, California, Wichita State, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, St. Joseph’s, VCU, South Carolina, Hawaii, St. Mary’s, Valparaiso, Cincinnati, USC, San Diego State, UAB, Connecticut, Arkansas-Little Rock, Stephen F. Austin


Jay Scott 6 years, 5 months ago

The Chicken Littles are sure that they'd get better if they fired that awful Coach Self.

There's a great article on SI website talking about Self as a coach of the year candidate. CLs gotta be losing their minds.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 5 months ago

I can't speak for the others, but as of now, I am willing to admit that I was wrong about Coach Self, and that he and his system are still viable at Kansas.

Jay Scott 6 years, 5 months ago

Examples? That's even more absurd than usual for you.

Tom Jones 6 years, 5 months ago

While I agree the whole Chicken Little thing is tired and employed far too liberally, Self has always been one to adjust when it fits. The guy's not perfect, obviously, but this is far from the first year he's employed defenses other than man-to-man and he's never had a team that shot this well, so...he's letting them shoot more threes. Not rocket surgery and certainly not a response to fan criticism.

Tom Jones 6 years, 5 months ago

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic with the "this is what makes Self a great coach-his willingness to adjust" followed up by lamenting (I guess) not playing more zone or forcing high/low offense without the guys to run it well?

The whole high/low "set in stone" thing is wrong, though. He uses is as a springboard to sets, but this year's offense looks nothing like 2012, 2009, 2005, etc. He mixes things up based on who his best pieces are and where they excel.

Oh, and I hope you were referring to Jay with the "belittling with petulant nonsense". My rocket surgery remark was about Self being smart enough to recognize what works. Assume you got that but just making sure.

Colby Hebert 6 years, 5 months ago

He should still be fired.

Not one freshman starting? That means every player that starts was not good enough to be a lottery pick after one season. No one and dones. Terrible recruiter...

His home record should be nullified because you automatically get a victory for suiting up in Allen Fieldhouse.His road record should come into question as well because other teams do not get the same home field advantage Bill Self does.

He has how many wins vacated? None? He is too innocent. Other coaches throw money and strippers at players and line them up with agents. Our coach relies on his charm? He probably tells these kids they will have to play defense.

Terrible coach.

He had to rely on a mid major guard like Devonte to out duel a Player of the Year with Oklahoma.

RJ King 6 years, 5 months ago

We are #1 in RPI. Kinda liked this banner across the top of the chart.

Mick Allen 6 years, 5 months ago

For what it's worth, Oklahoma, who we beat twice, beat Villanova at a neutral sight in a November or December tournament by over 20.

Kent Richardson 6 years, 5 months ago

Nova goes to Xavier this week. Nova stomped a mudhole in Xavier (31 pt win) already this season.

This is a tough week all around with two hot teams one of which a really good Baylor team in Waco.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 5 months ago

When don't we have a tough week these days? As Dan Hawkins so memorably put it,

It's the Big 12; it ain't intramurals!

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 5 months ago

Baylor has always been very bipolar under Drew. They regularly have the talent to beat just about anybody in the country, but Scott Drew can also make Baylor look very average.

Daniel Johnson 6 years, 5 months ago

Jay Scott, can you refrain from leaving the same post on every article nearly every day? I love reading a lot of people's insights and commentary on this site, despite not leaving it myself, but I cringe every time I see your name. Please find something else to contribute or just refrain.

Jay Scott 6 years, 5 months ago

Your first contribution in 6 months and second in almost three years? If that's all you have, maybe you're better not posting. That was the definition of nothing to contribute. I'm sorry you feel personally insulted when stupid "fans" are mocked.

Rae Bricil 6 years, 5 months ago

No. 4 in the KenPom. Read an ESPN article stating only one team that has ever won a NC with a KenPom AdjD>20 and that was UNC--interestingly KU sits at 21. Not saying it is the end all be all but their defense could still improve.

Kent Richardson 6 years, 5 months ago

The Tar Heels could improve their defense too.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 5 months ago

The Tar Heels had better have a solid defense to present to the NCAA on why one or more of their athletic programs shouldn't be shut down after at least 18 years of systemic academic fraud.

Kent Richardson 6 years, 5 months ago

That is seldom mentioned around here. kind of surprising really.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 5 months ago

You have no idea how many times I've searched for NCAA infractions against UNC, guess they're waiting to all the witnesses have been bought off.

Rae Bricil 6 years, 5 months ago

a lot of discussion about the movement towards 4 conferences with 16 teams each. KU would be a good fit for the B10--well compared to the alternatives...

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 5 months ago

Let’s make a swap with the ACC, West Virginia for Louisville.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 5 months ago

Louisville wanted to join the BIG 12 w/Memphis but it never happened so they joined the ACC.

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 5 months ago

Why trade a classy colorful guy like Hugs for a low-life like Pitino.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 5 months ago

Demographics have been driving realignment but it seems to me Fox and ESPN should have a big say in this. Realignment has the potential of eliminating markets and that cannot be in the best interest of the networks. They should be willing to pony up the money to keep college sports equitable which in turn is good for their bottom line.

Brian Wilson 6 years, 5 months ago

I would like to see the Big 10 with its 14 teams combine with the Big 12 and it's 10 teams. Two divisions of 12 that are reseeded each year to keep each division balanced and to make each season more interesting by rotating opponents. Then a conference championship game between the top two teams.

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 5 months ago

I agree, Suzi. I'm not a huge fan of Bob Huggins, but I certainly respect what he as done over his career. I think that his victory over ISU last night puts him somewhere around 4th or 5th among active coaches. The announcers said, but I must admit that I wasn't paying close attention. I just know that his total is approaching 800 wins.

Huggins got a little bit of a bad rap at Cincinnati for some of the players he recruited. However, he has always recruited in some of the poorest neighborhoods, for which I give him credit for trying to make a huge difference in those kids' lives. My guess is that his current and past players have nothing but nice things to say about him.

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