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The Kansas Jayhawks were ranked No. 1 for less than 12 hours before they knew their run as top dog would be ending next Monday when the new set of NCAA basketball rankings come out. Kansas lost to unranked Kansas State on Monday night in perhaps the shortest run in No. 1 history for KU basketball.
Before the game, I figured Kansas would stay atop the college basketball rankings for several weeks, at least. I made a bad assumption that Kansas would beat Kansas State and suggested Kansas wouldn't really be tested again until the first week of March.
Shows what I know (although I'm not the only one who thought Kansas would stay at No. 1 this week).
Kansas will now fall below Ohio State and Texas, and Pittsburgh, too. Duke is No. 5 so my guess would be Kansas falls behind them. If all things stay the same, that would put Kansas as sixth in the country next week. That's just my guess, though.
This may end up being a good loss for Kansas (if there is such a thing) because they likely won't enter the NCAA tournament with the pressure of being the No. 1 team.
For more on KU's fall, check out Rock Chalk Talk.
You probably noticed in the latest batch of NCAA basketball rankings that the Kansas Jayhawks are your new No. 1 team. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll, Kansas had 14 first place votes while Texas, who was No. 2 in this poll, had 13 first place votes.
Kansas holds the top spot with 1549 overall points and 22 first place votes. Number 2 is Ohio State with 1536 points and just 14 first place votes. Now here's where it's a little strange. Texas actually received 23 first place votes, the most of any team, but sits at number three overall with 1535 overall points. What likely occurred is Texas found themselves either voted no. 1 or no. 3 but not often enough no. 2 by those voting.
Interesting stuff. What this shows is that, while Kansas is No. 1, it's only by a hair. With both teams being so close, I could see a situation where Kansas falls even without a loss.
In all, there were four teams that had a first place vote, including Pittsburgh. Kansas' margin of error isn't a very big one. If they can get past Kansas State on Monday evening, their next big test won't be until the first week of March when Texas A&M visits and then they make a trip to Missouri.
The NCAA basketball rankings vary but only by a little. The Kansas Jayhawks hold the top spot in the Associated Press poll followed by the Ohio State Buckeyes and Texas Longhorns in the top three. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll, KU basketball is again in the top spot but Texas is No. 2 followed by Ohio State at No. 3.
Kansas and Ohio State hold identical 24-1 records while the Longhorns are 22-3. KU and OSU obviously have better records but it's hard to argue that Texas has been the hottest team since early January. They've undefeated in that stretch beating previously unbeaten Kansas.
In the AP poll, Missouri is ranked No. 20 followed by Texas A&M at No. 21. In the Coaches' poll, the Tigers are No. 21 and Texas A&M is No. 17. Missouri lost last week to Kansas which is the reason for their drop in both polls. They play Texas Tech on Tuesday so they'll have a chance to boost their resume.
Kansas becomes No. 1 for the fifth time in Bill Self's eight years at Kansas. Looking at their schedule, they should be able to keep their top spot in tact for a few weeks -- assuming they get past Kansas State on Monday night. Kansas won't have another big test until the first week of March when they play Texas A&M and take a road trip to Missouri.
So Kansas has swept the NCAA basketball rankings with top billing in both polls. Texas and Ohio State will have the rest of the season to sort themselves out in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll.
The Kansas Jayhawks are your new No. 1 team in the country ranking ahead of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Texas Longhorns, Pittsburgh Panthers and Duke Blue Devils. Kansas was ranked No. 2 last week but previous No. 1 Ohio State dropped a Saturday game to Wisconsin.
Missouri was ranked No. 19 last week in the AP poll and this week they drop one spot after dropping a game last week to Kansas. Mizzou is 19-6 on the season and they're ranked directly ahead of No. 21 Texas A&M, who is 19-5 on the season.
In all, there are four Big 12 teams ranked in the AP top 25. Kansas and Texas are No. 1 and No.3, while Missouri and Texas A&M are No. 20 and No. 21, respectively.
Big matchups this week include Monday's Kansas vs. Kansas State game. This will be KU's first game since becoming No. 1 in the country so they can probably expect a fired up Bramlage Coliseum. Missouri hosts Texas Tech on Tuesday night and heads to Iowa State to play the Cyclones on Saturday.
Here are the full rankings courtesy of CBS Sports:
|AP Top 25|
|2||Ohio State (14)||24-1||1536||1|
|6||San Diego State||25-1||1256||6|
The Kansas Jayhawks are your new No. 1 team in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll. The NCAA basketball rankings crown Kansas the No. 1 team for the fifth time in Bill Self's eight year tenure at Kansas. Previous No. 1 Ohio State drops to No. 2 while the Texas Longhorns remain at No. 3. Pittsburgh is in fourth, Duke is fifth and San Diego State is No. 6.
The top five didn't change outside of Kansas and Ohio State trading places. Last week's top five went like this: Ohio State, Kansas, Texas, Pittsburgh and Duke.
Kansas and Ohio State have identical 24-1 records with the Buckeyes first loss coming on Saturday to Wisconsin. Kansas last week beat Missouri and Iowa State.
Kansas head coach Bill Self previously said the goal as of today is to beat the Kansas State Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum but did acknowledge that it "would be nice" to be No. 1. Though Kansas State is struggling this year, defending No. 1 won't be easy for Kansas. This is a rivalry game and it's not easy to go into Manhattan and win.
After Kansas State, KU's first week of defending the top spot will include a Saturday matchup with the Colorado Buffaloes in Lawrence.
Assuming Kansas gets past Kansas State Monday night, they should be fine getting through the next couple of weeks in the Big 12 before two matchups in the first week of March against Texas A&M and at Missouri.
The latest college basketball rankings will come out on Monday afternoon and many expect the Kansas Jayhawks to be ranked No. 1 in the country. Kansas, ranked No. 2 in the country, easily handled Iowa State over the weekend while No. 1 Ohio State fell for the first time this season to Wisconsin.
That means No. 1 is out and Kansas is the favorite to take their spot. There's a question of whether Kansas will be ranked No. 1. That's because Texas, ranked No. 3, has already beaten Kansas this year. In fact, that's KU's only loss this season. Texas, on the other hand, has lost three games this year so I'd be surprised if they leapfrogged Kansas. There also seems to be some momentum that Ohio State could stay in the top spot.
Kansas will be No. 1 for the first time since the end of last year's college basketball season. Forward Marcus Morris says he wants to get the top billing in the latest AP poll.
"I want to be ranked number one," Marcus Morris said after beating Iowa State on Saturday. "I want to have that chip on our shoulder every time we go out. I want to get everybody's best shot because I think we can take it. T-Rob (Thomas Robinson) did go out, but we have other guys that can step up and I want that chip on our shoulders."
If and when Kansas gets that No. 1 ranking, they'll be tasked with defending it without Thomas Robinson or Josh Selby. Robinson will miss approximately two weeks with a meniscus tear while Selby is still day-to-day with a stress reaction.
We're a few hours away from confirming that the Kansas Jayhawks will indeed be the top team in the country.