Monday, November 22, 2021

Unbeaten Jayhawks jumped by Purdue in latest AP college basketball poll; KU still 3rd in coaches poll

Michigan State's A.J. Hoggard (11) drives past Kansas' Dajuan Harris (3) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Michigan State's A.J. Hoggard (11) drives past Kansas' Dajuan Harris (3) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


The Kansas men’s basketball team maintained its spot at No. 3 in the USA Today coaches poll but dropped a spot in the Associated Press poll to No. 4.

The movement had very little to do with anything the Jayhawks did last week and everything to do with Purdue’s convincing win at Villanova.

The Boilermakers jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 in the AP poll, coming in just behind top-ranked Gonzaga and second-ranked UCLA.

UCLA and Gonzaga will face each other in the Good Sam Empire Classic in Las Vegas.

Kansas (3-0) and Duke (5-0) rounded out the top five.

In its only game of the week last week, Kansas knocked off Stony Brook, 88-59, at home. Senior guard Ochai Agbaji topped the 20-point mark (with 25 points) for the third consecutive game to lead KU to its third victory of the season.

Next up, the Jayhawks are headed to Florida to open play in the ESPN Events Invitational outside of Orlando.

KU will play North Texas on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Depending on what they do in that game, the Jayhawks will play again on Friday against the winner or loser of the matchup between Dayton and Miami. The final round will take place on Sunday.

Tenth-ranked Alabama (4-0) is the highest ranked team on the opposite side of the bracket, setting up a potential top-10 showdown in the championship game if both teams are able to win two games to get there.

The Jayhawks are scheduled to leave for Orlando on Tuesday afternoon and will spend the rest of the week preparing for three games in four days.

AP Top 25

1 – Gonzaga, 4-0, 1,515 (55)

2 – UCLA, 4-0, 1,443 (5)

3 – Purdue, 5-0, 1,391 (1)

4 – Kansas, 3-0, 1,354

5 – Duke, 5-0, 1,225

6 – Baylor, 4-0, 1,154

7 – Villanova, 3-2, 1,090

8 – Texas, 3-1, 1,083

9 – Memphis, 4-0, 1,002

T10 – Alabama, 4-0, 880

T10 – Kentucky, 3-1, 880

12 – Houston, 3-0, 861

13 – Arkansas, 3-0, 754

14 – Illinois, 2-1, 624

15 – Tennessee, 3-1, 558

16 – St. Bonaventure, 5-0, 517

17 – Arizona, 5-0, 474

18 – BYU, 4-0, 449

19 – Auburn, 3-0, 374

20 – Michigan, 3-2, 367

21 – Seton Hall, 3-0, 363

22 – UConn, 4-0, 342

23 – Florida, 3-0, 294

24 – USC, 3-0, 138

25 – Xavier, 4-0, 102

Others receiving votes: Oregon 96, Virginia Tech 91, Ohio State 89, North Carolina 75, Indiana 45, Michigan State 44, Marquette 41, Colorado State 30, Maryland 28, Texas Tech 26, Iowa 6, LSU 6, Mississippi State 4, Florida State 4, Drake 2, San Francisco 1, Loyola Chicago 1, George Mason 1, Ohio 1


Rodney Crain 5 months, 3 weeks ago

No biggie.

Polls are the reason college sports have tournaments to decide who the best teams are.

We play better when we feel a bit slighted anyway.

Jeff Coffman 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Let's be honest they have the bigger win so far and deserve it. I think we all want to see great games and are excited when teams are rewarded for the wins. We have a schedule that will overtake most teams by just winning.

Vern Sheldon-Witter 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Sportswriters judgements are highly overrated.

Steve Zimmerman 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Mc Cormack is going to either carry us to the FF or cost us another early exit. I really wish we see an improved version of David this season. I'm really surprised if the coaching staff hasn't addressed his deficiencies from last season and previous ones.

One can see it clearly from his plays vs MSU's big (& long) earlier:

_1. He still tends to move away from the basket. When Ochai fed him from the left wing (relative to opponent's side), a perfect inbound pass, instead of muscle his way by extending his LEFT leg with power jump and short dribble to the basket, he uses his right leg as pivot foot to turn to the right. If coach wants a high-low action from bigs, he better teach them how to do basic post moves.

_2. David expects a high lob pass instead of catching a quick short lateral pass from guards. I'm not sure how to address this. He doesn't seem to watch and to be ready for that kind of play. Lightfoot, on the other hand, perfectly catches the same kind of pass and make the best out of it by dunking it. Damn good! That's what I expect with those kind of hi-octane guards. You expect them to pass, be it lob pass or just short pass or wrap around pass. All kind of passes.

David, please please please, get it together. Time is running out, my friend. And coach, Lightfoot earns more minutes on the court. He deserves it!!!!!

Len Shaffer 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm with you, Steve. I can't figure out for the life of me why he still keeps doing the same things he's been doing for years. It seemed like he had finally started to figure things out by the end of last year, but now it's like he's reverted to his earlier bad habits.

You'd think with all the great coaching he has, that he wouldn't still be making the same weak moves.

On another note, that should be a fun one to watch between UCLA and Gonzaga. I almost never root for UCLA, but I will in this case because they're likely to lose at some point anyway, whereas Gonzaga is much less likely to -- and of course I still hold out hope that at some point KU will have the first undefeated season since IU in '76.

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