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Kansas jumps to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll

KU’s Devonte’ Graham was greeted enthusiastically by teammates Carlton Bragg (from left), Brannen Greene and Jamari Traylor after the Jayhawks beat Oklahoma on Saturday.
KU’s Devonte’ Graham was greeted enthusiastically by teammates Carlton Bragg (from left), Brannen Greene and Jamari Traylor after the Jayhawks beat Oklahoma on Saturday. rsugg@kcstar.com

A pair of wins over top-10 opponents helped Kansas jump four spots to No. 2 in the The Associated Press Top 25 poll, which was released Monday.

Villanova, 22-3, is No. 1 for a second week. It got 44 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday with Kansas, 21-4, receiving the other 21.

Duke, which had one of the longest consecutive poll streaks ever, returns at No. 20 after two weeks out of the Top 25.

Oklahoma, which lost to Kansas in their rematch on Saturday, and Iowa stayed third and fourth, respectively. North Carolina jumped four places to fifth and was followed by Maryland, which had been No. 2, and Virginia.

Michigan State and Xavier are tied for eighth and West Virginia, which also lost to Kansas, is 10th. Joining Duke as newcomers are No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 22 Indiana. They replace Texas A&M, Southern Cal and Wichita State.

Iowa State is ranked 13th, Texas is 24th and Baylor dropped to No. 25.

In the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the top three teams are the same as in the Associated Press poll, and the Big 12 has six teams ranked in that poll as well.

Associated Press Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 14, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Villanova (44)

22-3

1,601

1

2. Kansas (21)

21-4

1,578

6

3. Oklahoma

20-4

1,471

3

4. Iowa

20-5

1,349

4

5. North Carolina

21-4

1,343

9

6. Maryland

22-4

1,248

2

7. Virginia

20-5

1,188

7

8. Michigan St.

21-5

1,174

8

8. Xavier

22-3

1,174

5

10. West Virginia

20-5

1,094

10

11. Miami

20-4

1,036

12

12. Arizona

21-5

823

17

13. Iowa St.

18-7

742

14

14. Kentucky

19-6

692

22

15. Dayton

21-3

681

19

16. Oregon

20-6

529

11

17. Purdue

20-6

497

18

18. Louisville

19-6

494

13

19. Notre Dame

18-7

489

_

20. Duke

19-6

462

_

21. SMU

21-3

441

16

22. Indiana

20-6

232

_

23. Providence

19-7

125

20

24. Texas

16-9

123

24

25. Baylor

18-7

97

21

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 90, Utah 75, Saint Joseph’s 57, Wisconsin 47, South Carolina 39, Southern Cal 38, Michigan 17, Syracuse 17, Wichita St. 14, Stony Brook 13, Monmouth (NJ) 10, California 8, Hawaii 5, UNC Wilmington 4, San Diego St. 3, Yale 3, Cincinnati 2.

Tod Palmer’s ballot: 1. Villanova; 2. Kansas; 3. Virginia; 4. Oklahoma; 5. Iowa; 6. North Carolina; 7. Xavier; 8. Miami (Fla.); 9. Michigan State; 10. Maryland; 11. West Virginia; 12. Oregon; 13. Arizona; 14. SMU; 15. Dayton; 16. Kentucky; 17. Iowa State; 18. Indiana; 19. Utah; 20. Notre Dame; 21. Providence; 22. Duke; 23. California; 24. Louisville; 25. Texas A&M.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll

1. Villanova

2. Kansas

3. Oklahoma

4. North Carolina

5. Maryland

6. Iowa

7. Xavier

8. Virginia

9. Michigan State

10. Miami (FL)

11. West Virginia

12. Arizona

13. Dayton

14. Kentucky

15. Iowa State

16. Purdue

17. Oregon

18. Notre Dame

19. Duke

20. Providence

21. Indiana

22. Baylor

23. South Carolina

24. Texas A&M

25. Texas

Associated Press Women’s Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 14, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Prv

1. UConn (32)

24-0

800

1

2. Notre Dame

24-1

755

3

3. South Carolina

23-1

748

2

4. Baylor

25-1

703

4

5. Ohio St.

21-4

662

7

6. Maryland

23-3

614

5

7. Oregon St.

22-3

604

8

8. Texas

22-2

569

6

9. Arizona St.

22-4

558

9

10. Florida St.

21-4

532

10

11. Louisville

19-6

465

12

12. Texas A&M

17-7

416

15

12. UCLA

19-6

416

14

14. Mississippi St.

21-5

398

11

15. Stanford

20-6

371

13

16. Kentucky

17-6

272

18

17. Oklahoma St.

19-5

226

20

18. Miami

21-5

215

19

19. South Florida

18-6

174

22

20. Oklahoma

17-7

173

21

21. DePaul

21-7

147

23

22. Florida

19-6

136

16

23. Syracuse

20-6

74

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24. Tennessee

15-9

63

25

25. Michigan St.

18-7

58

17

Others receiving votes: Missouri 55, West Virginia 47, Colorado St. 40, BYU 31, Duquesne 22, Georgia 17, Auburn 9, UTEP 8, Oregon 7, Minnesota 6, Green Bay 3, Arkansas St. 2, Army 1, Florida Gulf Coast 1, Indiana 1, Washington 1.

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