University of Kansas

Seven Big 12 teams ranked in AP hoops poll; KU still No. 10

Kansas’ Wayne Selden Jr. (left) tried to steal the ball from Lafayette’s Monty Boykins in the second half of KU’s 96-69 win Saturday. The Jayhawks remained No. 10 in The Associated Poll released Monday.
Kansas’ Wayne Selden Jr. (left) tried to steal the ball from Lafayette’s Monty Boykins in the second half of KU’s 96-69 win Saturday. The Jayhawks remained No. 10 in The Associated Poll released Monday. The Associated Press

Seventy percent of the Big 12 is ranked in The Associated Press basketball poll.

Texas at No. 9 and 10th-ranked Kansas are in the top 10.

After that, it’s Iowa State at No. 12, West Virginia 18th, Oklahoma 19th, Baylor 22nd and TCU 25th.

That’s the same TCU team that went 0-18 in Big 12 play last year (9-22 overall) and is 2-26 in league games since joining the conference.

But the Horned Frogs are 11-0, and with nonleague games remaining against Grambling and Tennessee State, which are a combined 4-17, should start their Big 12 schedule against West Virginia on Jan. 3 with a perfect record. It’s TCU’s first appearance in the poll since the 1998-99 season, when Billy Tubbs was the coach.

The seven ranked teams is a first for the Big 12, and Oklahoma State is receiving votes. Kansas State received votes earlier this season, giving the Big 12 nine teams that have appeared on top 25 ballots.

For the third straight week, Kentucky is the unanimous No. 1 in college basketball.

The Wildcats, 12-0, coming off a 39-point romp over UCLA, received all 65 first-place votes. Wichita State stayed at No. 11.

AP top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 21, 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)

12-0

1,625

1

2. Duke

10-0

1,548

2

3. Arizona

12-0

1,502

3

4. Louisville

10-0

1,344

4

5. Virginia

11-0

1,336

6

6. Wisconsin

10-1

1,322

5

7. Villanova

11-0

1,214

7

8. Gonzaga

11-1

1,170

8

9. Texas

10-1

1,149

9

10. Kansas

9-1

1,096

10

11. Wichita St.

8-1

966

11

12. Iowa St.

9-1

821

13

13. Washington

10-0

798

16

14. Utah

8-2

796

14

15. Maryland

11-1

678

17

16. Notre Dame

11-1

536

21

17. St. John’s

9-1

517

20

18. West Virginia

10-1

464

22

19. Oklahoma

7-3

436

15

20. North Carolina

8-3

414

24

21. Ohio St.

9-2

411

12

22. Baylor

9-1

203

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23. N. Iowa

10-1

162

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24. Colorado St.

11-0

144

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25. TCU

11-0

120

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Others receiving votes: Georgetown 85, San Diego St. 72, VCU 70, California 32, Miami 27, Arkansas 22, Indiana 11, LSU 7, Old Dominion 7, Florida 4, Penn St. 4, Oklahoma St. 3, Seton Hall 3, Butler 2, Minnesota 2, Davidson 1, Valparaiso 1.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlairKerkhoff.

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