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Kansas holding steady at No. 8 in AP men’s basketball poll

KU's Perry Ellis (34) put on a slam dunk clinic in the Jayhawks 81-72 win over TCU on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Ellis scored a game-high 23 points while shooting 9-10 from the field including this alley-oop throw down over TCU's Trey Zeigler in the second half.
KU's Perry Ellis (34) put on a slam dunk clinic in the Jayhawks 81-72 win over TCU on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Ellis scored a game-high 23 points while shooting 9-10 from the field including this alley-oop throw down over TCU's Trey Zeigler in the second half. KansasCity

Despite losing to West Virginia, the Kansas men’s basketball team remained No. 8 for the fourth straight week in The Associated Press top 25 poll.

The Jayhawks lost to the Mountaineers 62-61 in Morgantown, W.Va., last Monday but followed that up with an 82-71 win against TCU on Saturday in Lawrence.

The top eight spots remained the same, but Utah’s loss to Oregon on Sunday dropped the Utes to No. 13. That allowed Notre Dame to move up to No. 9 and

Northern Iowa to enter the top 10 for the first time in program history.

The Panthers have a Missouri Valley Conference showdown on Saturday at No. 11 Wichita State.

Kentucky was the unanimous No. 1 for the fourth straight week.

The Wildcats (27-0) received all 65 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel Monday after routing Tennessee and Auburn last week.

Virginia remained No. 2, followed by Gonzaga, Duke, Wisconsin, Villanova and Arizona. It’s the first time the top seven have remained the same for six straight weeks since 1992-93.

San Diego State returned to the poll at No. 24, and No. 25 Providence was ranked for the first time since the final poll of 2003-04.

Ohio State and Oklahoma State dropped out.

The Associated Press top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 22, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Kentucky (65)

27-0

1,625

1

2. Virginia

25-1

1,526

2

3. Gonzaga

28-1

1,471

3

4. Duke

24-3

1,448

4

5. Wisconsin

25-2

1,390

5

6. Villanova

25-2

1,306

6

7. Arizona

24-3

1,228

7

8. Kansas

22-5

1,111

8

9. Notre Dame

24-4

1,109

10

10. N. Iowa

26-2

1,032

11

11. Wichita St.

25-3

930

13

12. Iowa St.

20-6

887

14

13. Utah

21-5

876

9

14. Maryland

22-5

695

16

15. North Carolina

19-8

655

15

16. Oklahoma

19-8

622

17

17. Louisville

21-6

613

12

18. Arkansas

22-5

564

18

19. Baylor

20-7

473

20

20. West Virginia

21-6

453

23

21. SMU

22-5

357

21

22. VCU

21-6

182

25

23. Butler

19-8

165

19

24. San Diego St.

22-6

117

25. Providence

19-8

72

Others receiving votes: Georgetown 58, Michigan St. 56, Murray St. 42, Oklahoma St. 25, Ohio St. 12, Valparaiso 10, Texas A&M 8, Rhode Island 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Oregon 1, Texas 1.

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