University of Kansas

Wichita State fifth, KU eighth, K-State 22nd in latest AP basketball poll

Updated: 2014-01-20T19:00:50Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— The latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll had a distinctively Big 12 feel.

Kansas led six Big 12 teams in the rankings after moving up seven spots in the poll to No. 8. The Jayhawks, 13-4 and 4-0 in the Big 12, returned to the top 10 for the first time since they were ranked No. 6 on Dec. 2.

Oklahoma State dropped two spots to No. 11 after losing to Kansas on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, while Iowa State fell to No. 16 after losing to Kansas and at Texas.

No. 22 Kansas State cracked the rankings again after a one-week break following consecutive victories over Oklahoma and West Virginia. The Wildcats, 14-4 and 4-1 in the Big 12, took over sole possession of second place in the conference behind KU.

No. 24 Baylor also took a tumble in the rankings after two losses, while Oklahoma came in at No. 25.

Unbeaten Wichita State, 19-0, held firm at No. 5 in the poll, while No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse stayed in the top two slots. No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Villanova claimed the other two spots in the top five.

No. 6 Florida and No. 14 Kentucky were the only SEC teams in the top 25.

AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 19, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Team (first-place votes) Record Pts Prv
1. Arizona (61)18-01,6211
2. Syracuse (4)18-01,5592
3. Michigan State17-11,4974
4. Villanova16-11,3776
5. Wichita State19-01,3685
6. Florida15-21,3037
7. San Diego State16-11,21110
8. Kansas13-41,11715
9. Wisconsin16-21,0743
10. Iowa15-31,04114
11. Oklahoma State15-39719
12. Louisville16-380418
13. Massachusetts16-178116
14. Kentucky13-476913
15. Cincinnati17-273619
16. Iowa State14-36448
17. Ohio State15-354911
18. Duke14-444723
19. Saint Louis17-242124
20. Pittsburgh16-241922
21. Michigan13-4362
22. Kansas State14-4221
23. Memphis13-420117
24. Baylor13-417012
25. Oklahoma14-411125

Others receiving votes: Creighton 98, Connecticut 62, Gonzaga 59, California 44, Colorado 26, UCLA 23, Harvard 12, George Washington 8, Missouri 6, Texas 5, Xavier 4, SMU 2, New Mexico 1, Virginia 1.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/rustindodd.

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