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Jayhawks back in top 10 in latest men’s college basketball polls

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Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1), forward Jamari Traylor (31) and guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) celebrated a three-pointer by Evan Manning in the second half Saturday in KU’s 86-54 win over Texas Tech.
Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1), forward Jamari Traylor (31) and guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) celebrated a three-pointer by Evan Manning in the second half Saturday in KU’s 86-54 win over Texas Tech. The Associated Press

Losses by Texas, Maryland and Arizona helped Kansas break back into the top 10 in the latest men’s college basketball polls released Monday.

The Jayhawks are No. 9 in The Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the USA Today coaches poll.

The Jayhawks fell from the top 10 after their 77-52 lost to Temple on Dec. 22.

Wichita State moved up two spots to No. 13 in the AP poll and one spot to No. 14 in the coaches poll.

Kentucky remains No. 1 in both polls, though two overtime games loosened its hold on the top spot a bit.

The Wildcats, 15-0, were atop 63 of 65 AP ballots Monday, ending a run of five straight weeks as the unanimous AP No. 1. Kentucky beat Mississippi at home in overtime then won in double overtime at Texas A&M.

Virginia, 15-0, earned the other two AP first-place votes and one in the coaches poll and moved up a spot to No. 2 as the only other unbeaten team after Duke’s loss at North Carolina State.

Gonzaga was third, followed by Duke — which fell from second and was among five top-10 losers — and Villanova.

Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State and Wyoming were new to the poll, with 25th-ranked Wyoming in for the first time since 1988.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 11, 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 (63)

15-0

1,623

1

2. Virginia (2)

15-0

1,561

3

3. Gonzaga

16-1

1,446

6

4. Duke

14-1

1,432

2

5. Villanova

15-1

1,358

8

6. Louisville

14-2

1,264

5

7. Wisconsin

15-2

1,200

4

8. Utah

13-2

1,185

9

9. Kansas

13-2

1,100

12

10. Arizona

14-2

1,037

7

11. Iowa St.

12-2

922

17

12. Notre Dame

15-2

903

13

13. Wichita St.

14-2

832

15

14. Maryland

15-2

801

11

15. North Carolina

12-4

719

18

16. West Virginia

14-2

627

14

17. VCU

13-3

578

20

18. Oklahoma

11-4

485

16

19. Arkansas

13-2

431

23

20. Texas

12-4

345

10

21. Seton Hall

13-3

298

19

22. Baylor

12-3

278

21

23. N. Iowa

14-2

212

24. Oklahoma St.

12-3

132

25. Wyoming

15-2

71

Others receiving votes: Ohio St. 70, Michigan St. 67, Dayton 55, Providence 17, Indiana 15, LSU 12, St. John’s 10, Alabama 7, Georgetown 7, NC State 6, Green Bay 3, Syracuse 3, Butler 2, Oregon 2, San Diego St. 2, TCU 2, Colorado St. 1, Davidson 1, Hofstra 1, Old Dominion 1, SMU 1.

USA TODAY TOP 25 POLL

The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 11, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Pvs

1. Kentucky (31)

15-0

799

1

2. Virginia (1)

15-0

768

3

3. Gonzaga

16-1

713

7

4. Duke

14-1

698

2

5. Villanova

15-1

659

8

6. Wisconsin

15-2

604

4

7. Louisville

14-2

587

5

8. Utah

13-2

556

11

9. Arizona

14-2

548

6

10. Kansas

13-2

521

13

11. Maryland

15-2

455

9

12. Notre Dame

15-2

439

12

13. Iowa State

12-2

418

16

14. Wichita State

14-2

390

15

15. West Virginia

14-2

330

14

16. North Carolina

12-4

328

17

17. VCU

13-3

244

21

18. Oklahoma

11-4

202

18

19. Arkansas

13-2

196

25

20. Texas

12-4

184

10

21. Seton Hall

13-3

170

19

22. Northern Iowa

14-2

135

23

23. Baylor

12-3

116

22

24. Oklahoma State

12-3

51

25. Ohio State

13-4

47

20

Others receiving votes: Michigan State 35, Wyoming 28, Indiana 25, St. John’s 25, Dayton 22, Colorado State 20, Georgetown 19, Providence 16, Old Dominion 10, Stanford 10, Alabama 8, San Diego State 6, LSU 5, SMU 4, Syracuse 4, N.C. State 2, Mississippi 1, Rhode Island 1, Saint Mary’s 1.

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