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Kansas jumps to No. 3 in latest AP poll

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Kansas guard Dajuan Harris (3) throws a pass over Omaha guard Ayo Akinwole (10) during the first half on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Dajuan Harris (3) throws a pass over Omaha guard Ayo Akinwole (10) during the first half on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Both Kansas and West Virginia moved up in this week’s Associated Press Top 25, setting up a battle of top-7 teams at Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday night in the Jayhawks’ final game of 2020.

Thanks to losses by Iowa and Michigan State, as well as their own victory over then-No. 14 Texas Tech last week, the Jayhawks jumped two spots to No. 3 in this week’s poll.

Unbeatens Gonzaga and Baylor remained in the top two spots, with Iowa falling just one spot to No. 4 and Villanova jumping from No. 7 to No. 5 to round out the top five.

West Virginia, which opened Big 12 play with a win over Iowa State last week, moved up one spot from No. 8 to No. 7, and the Mountaineers head to Lawrence with a record that’s identical to that of Kansas — 7-1 with the lone loss to top-ranked Gonzaga.

Two more future-KU foes moved up in the top 10 this week, with Tennessee (4-0) moving from No. 10 to No. 8 and Texas (7-1) jumping from 11th to 10th.

The Jayhawks, who have now been ranked in the AP Top 25 for an NCAA record 225 consecutive weeks, will host Texas on Jan. 2 for the first of two matchups with the Longhorns this season. And KU is slated to travel to Tennessee on Jan. 30 for the annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Texas Tech (6-2) dropped just one spot this week to No. 15 after its loss to Kansas. And Oklahoma State, which received three votes in this week’s poll, is the only other Big 12 team in this week’s poll.

Kansas and West Virginia are slated to tip off at 8 p.m. Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse on ESPN2.

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

1 – Gonzaga, 4-0, 1,597 (61)

2 – Baylor, 5-0, 1,538 (3)

3 – Kansas, 7-1, 1,426

4 – Iowa, 6-1, 1,365

5 – Villanova, 7-1, 1,304

6 – Houston, 5-0, 1,272

7 – West Virginia, 7-1, 1,225

8 – Tennessee, 4-0, 1,109

9 – Wisconsin, 6-1, 1,051

10 – Texas, 7-1, 1,035

11 – Rutgers, 6-0, 878

12 – Michigan State, 6-1, 839

13 – Creighton, 6-2, 773

14 – Missouri, 5-0, 768

15 – Texas Tech, 6-2, 661

16 – Virginia, 3-1, 510

17 – North Carolina, 5-2, 492

18 – Illinois, 5-3, 468

19 – Michigan, 6-0, 367

20 – Duke, 3-2, 352

21 – Florida State, 4-1, 335

22 – Xavier, 8-0, 249

23 – Ohio State, 6-1, 245

24 – Virginia Tech, 6-1, 181

25 – Oregon, 6-1, 167

Others receiving votes: San Diego State 146, Richmond 142, Saint Louis 64, Arkansas 54, Indiana 53, Clemson 28, Florida 20, Georgia 19, Colorado 13, BYU 9, Purdue 9, Louisville 8, Northwestern 7, UCF 6, Minnesota 4, UCLA 3, Oklahoma State 3, LSU 2, Western Kentucky 2, SMU 1

Comments

Len Shaffer 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow, Misuse is number 14. Could this be the year when they finally make it to their first Final Four? No, as usual they'll choke when it counts and add to their status as one of the teams to make the most tournaments without ever getting to the promised land. It almost makes it worth it to see them so highly ranked.

Dane Pratt 1 year, 11 months ago

We lost by 12 to Gonzaga and we're ranked 3rd?

Joe Black 1 year, 11 months ago

Iowa lost to Gonzaga by 10 and they are ranked 4. Most of the game was not that close. What's your point?

Dane Pratt 1 year, 11 months ago

there's a big difference between 1 & 2 and the rest of the pack

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