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Jayhawks jump back into Top 5 in latest AP poll

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Kansas head coach Bill Self fist bumps Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) as he comes out briefly during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas head coach Bill Self fist bumps Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) as he comes out briefly during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 at Bramlage Coliseum. by Nick Krug

Both Kansas and Texas Tech men’s basketball programs moved up in the latest Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll on Monday, ahead of their 8 p.m. matchup at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas, which won a thriller at Kansas State over the weekend, jumped two spots to No. 5 and the Red Raiders, who knocked off West Virginia over the weekend, jumped from No. 18 to No. 13.

Kansas and Texas Tech are separated by a half game at the top of the Big 12 standings, with KU currently in first place at 5-1 (16-2 overall) and Tech (15-4) tied with No. 4 Baylor (17-2) for second place at 5-2.

TCU, at 3-2, also is just one game behind Kansas in the loss column.

“This will be a big game for our league race,” KU coach Bill Self said Saturday while looking ahead to Monday’s matchup.

At the top of the latest AP poll, Auburn jumped into the No. 1 spot for the first time in school history, edging out Gonzaga by 29 points and gaining 45 of the 61 first-place votes. Gonzaga was second with 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Arizona got the lone remaining first-place vote.

Purdue, UCLA, Houston, Duke and Michigan State round out this week’s Top 10.

Texas, meanwhile, fell out of the poll for the first time this season, but was still in the receiving votes category with fellow-Big 12 program TCU.

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

1 – Auburn, 18-1, 1,504 (45)

2 – Gonzaga, 15-2, 1,475 (15)

3 – Arizona, 16-1, 1,381 (1)

4 – Baylor, 17-2, 1,335

5 – Kansas, 16-2, 1,281

6 – Purdue, 16-3, 1,119

7 – UCLA, 13-2, 1,116

7 – Houston, 17-2, 1,116

9 – Duke, 15-3, 1,017

10 – Michigan State, 15-3, 979

11 – Wisconsin, 15-3, 894

12 – Kentucky, 15-4, 822

13 – Texas Tech, 15-4, 766

14 – Villanova, 14-5, 713

15 – USC, 16-2, 711

16 – Ohio State, 12-4, 584

17 – Providence, 16-2, 542

18 – Tennessee, 13-5, 419

19 – LSU, 15-4, 399

20 – Connecticut, 13-4, 284

21 – Xavier, 14-4, 269

22 – Marquette, 14-6, 177

23 – Iowa State, 14-5, 167

24 – Illinois, 13-5, 155

25 – Davidson, 16-2, 132

Others receiving votes: BYU 120, Alabama 77, Texas 61, Colorado State 57, Florida State 50, Loyola Chicago 21, Oregon 19, Wake Forest 12, Murray State 10, Indiana 10, Iowa 8, TCU 6, Miami (FL) 4, Saint Mary's 3, Boise State 3, Florida 3, Wyoming 2, Seton Hall 1, Iona 1

Comments

Joe Ross 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Top five is a feather in the cap, for sure.

But this five game stretch that the Jayhawks are about to play beginning tonight??? It might be the toughest I've ever seen. It's a gauntlet.

13 Texas Tech

12 Kentucky

23 Iowa State

4 Baylor

Texas (top 25, last week)

Hope we have some ammunition left...

Joe Ross 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh. And as of this moment right now, Kansas is 2 games behind Kentucky for the lead in all time program wins. And ONE of those games is against Kentucky. Just not a favorable schedule at the moment.

If Kansas gets out of this stretch unscathed, they have a real shot of being the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.

Garry Wright 3 months, 3 weeks ago

KU started the season behind UK by 4 games. We have currently won 16 and UK 15 games. That should place us behind them by 3 games. Like many others, I'm pulling for us to pull ahead of them by this season's end. May or may not happen. Both are playing quite well, though they do have 4 losses to our 2.

Joe Ross 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Concede the point. The principle does not change, however.

Garry Wright 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Guess you were correct after all, at least for a day. We're only 2 behind UK at the moment. That game tonight about drained me. That was pretty hard on my 81.5-year-old heart!

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