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Monday, January 15, 2018

Jayhawks back in top 10 in latest AP poll

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) gets to the bucket past Iowa State forward Cameron Lard (2) during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) gets to the bucket past Iowa State forward Cameron Lard (2) during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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A couple of victories against two of the Big 12’s lower-tier teams were enough to improve the Kansas basketball team’s place in the Associated Press Top 25 this week.

Losses this past week by Arizona State and Xavier, previously ranked ahead of the Jayhawks, propelled KU to the No. 10 spot in the latest poll, released Monday, after KU’s home wins over Iowa State and Kansas State.

Still, three other teams from the Big 12 remain ranked ahead of Kansas (14-3 overall, 4-1 Big 12): No. 4 Oklahoma (14-2, 4-1), No. 6 West Virginia (15-2, 4-1) and No. 8 Texas Tech (15-2, 4-1).

The Jayhawks, of course, face their biggest road challenge of the season to date on ESPN’s Big Monday (8 p.m. tip-off) when they play at WVU.

TCU remained in the AP Top 25, as well, at No. 24. The Horned Frogs were No. 16 last week, and dropped eight spots following overtime road losses at Texas and Oklahoma.

AP Top 25 — Jan. 15, 2018

No. 1 — Villanova

No. 2 — Virginia

No. 3 — Purdue

No. 4 — Oklahoma

No. 5 — Duke

No. 6 — West Virginia

No. 7 — Wichita State

No. 8 — Texas Tech

No. 9 — Michigan State

No. 10 — Kansas

No. 11 — Xavier

No. 12 — Cincinnati

No. 13 — Gonzaga

No. 14 — Arizona

No. 15 — North Carolina

No. 16 — Arizona State

No. 17 — Auburn

No. 18 — Kentucky

No. 19 — Seton Hall

No. 20 — Clemson

No. 21 — Tennessee

No. 22 — Ohio State

No. 23 — Michigan

No. 24 — TCU

No. 25 — Miami

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