KU drops to No. 6 in AP basketball poll

12/02/2013 2:32 PM

12/02/2013 5:44 PM

Kansas’ loss to Villanova on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis dropped the Jayhawks from their lofty spot in the Associated Press college basketball poll.

KU fell from second to No. 6 in this week’s poll. Michigan State stayed No. 1 for a third straight week, receiving all but two of the first-place votes.

Arizona moved from fourth to second Monday, drawing the other No. 1 votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Kentucky remains third, while Syracuse jumps from eighth to fourth. Ohio State moves up two spots to fifth and is followed by Kansas. Completing the top 10 are Louisville, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Duke, which drops four spots after losing to Arizona in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Villanova beat Kansas and Iowa to win the Battle 4 Atlantis and goes from unranked to No. 14. The other newcomers are No. 24 San Diego State and No. 25 Dayton. They replaced North Carolina, Creighton and Marquette.

• Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid was chosen Big 12 newcomer of the week Monday. He set the KU freshman record for blocked shots in a game with seven against UTEP. The Jayhawks’ next game is at Colorado at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

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