University of Kansas

Wichita State fourth, Kansas up to sixth in latest AP basketball poll

Updated: 2014-01-27T19:58:58Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— Kansas continued its steady rise up the rankings, landing at No. 6 in the Associated Press top 25 poll on Monday.

The Jayhawks moved up two spots in the poll after notching a home victory over Baylor and a road win at TCU on Saturday night. It was KU’s highest ranking since it was ranked No. 6 on Dec. 2, just days after falling to Villanova at the Battle 4 Atlantis tourney in the Bahamas.

Kansas led five Big 12 teams in the top 25 while Kansas State dropped from the rankings after suffering back-to-back road losses at Texas and Iowa State. Oklahoma State moved up three spots to No. 8, while Iowa State held firm at No. 16. No. 23 Oklahoma and No. 25 Texas, which entered the rankings after victories over K-State and Baylor, rounded out the Big 12 contingent.

Wichita State, meanwhile, moved up one spot to No. 4. Unbeatens Arizona and Syracuse remained No. 1 and No. 2 in the poll, while Florida jumped over Wichita State to No. 3.

The Gators are one of three teams in the top 10 that owns a victory over Kansas, with No. 5 San Diego State and No. 9 Villanova also claiming wins over the Jayhawks in the non-conference season.

No. 11 Kentucky is the only other Southeastern Conference team in the poll, while Missouri is no longer receiving votes.

AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 26, 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 (63)20-01,6231
2. Syracuse (2)19-01,5612
3. Florida17-21,4366
4. Wichita State21-01,4355
5. San Diego State18-11,3377
6. Kansas15-41,2728
7. Michigan State18-21,2513
8. Oklahoma State16-31,06711
9. Villanova17-21,0634
10. Michigan15-41,05021
11. Kentucky15-489614
12. Louisville17-389112
13. Cincinnati19-279315
14. Wisconsin17-37639
15. Iowa16-472210
16. Iowa State15-368416
17. Duke16-454918
18. Pittsburgh18-251720
19. Saint Louis18-246419
20. Creighton17-3445
21. Massachusetts17-235313
22. Memphis15-426223
23. Oklahoma16-420325
24. Ohio State16-414317
25. Texas16-4142

•  Others receiving votes: Connecticut 67, Gonzaga 51, UCLA 39, Virginia 18, George Washington 5, Green Bay 5, Kansas State 5, Minnesota 5, SMU 3, American 1, Harvard 1, Louisiana Tech 1, New Mexico 1, Southern Mississippi 1.

USA Today Top 25

The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 26, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Team (first-place votes) Record Pts Pvs
1. Arizona (31)20-07991
2. Syracuse (1)19-07692
3. Wichita State21-07244
4. Florida17-26946
5. San Diego State18-16537
6. Michigan State18-26213
7. Louisville17-35529
7. Kansas15-455211
9. Villanova17-25095
10. Oklahoma State16-349712
11. Kentucky15-443314
12. Iowa16-438610
13. Wisconsin17-33688
14. Michigan15-434625
15. Cincinnati19-232316
16. Duke16-429818
17. Pittsburgh18-227919
18. Iowa State15-326817
19. Massacusetts17-226512
20. Creighton17-322924
21. Saint Louis18-221820
22. Memphis15-415522
23. Ohio State16-411815
24. Gonzaga18-311421
25. Oklahoma16-48525

•  Others receiving votes: Texas 41, Virginia 26, UCLA 22, Connecticut 18, George Washington 8, Baylor 6, Kansas State 6, Southern Mississippi 6, Colorado 5, Toledo 5, SMU 1, Stephen F. Austin 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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