Gonzaga, Baylor hold down top two spots, Jayhawks out of top-25 poll for first time in 12 years
As has been the case the entire season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Baylor Bears held down their respective spots at one and two atop the AP Top 25 Poll rankings. The Zags hold 55 first-place votes while the Bears claimed the remaining eight votes. However, for one traditional blue blood basketball program, its name was omitted from the list for the first time in 12 years. After losing two of its last three games, the Kansas Jayhawks did not land on this week’s poll after a run of 231 consecutive weeks as a nationally-ranked team. Last week, the Jayhawks held the 23rd spot in the rankings.
The Jayhawks (12-7, 6-5) are fifth in the Big 12 Conference standings as of Monday. This season, Kansas has a 4-5 record against ranked teams. Two of the Jayhawks’ losses against ranked foes came against Gonzaga (102-90) on a neutral court in Florida to open the season and a 77-69 loss against Baylor in Waco.
The Michigan Wolverines moved up to the third spot in the AP Poll while Ohio State (fourth) and No. 5 Villanova rounded out the top-5 rankings. The Fighting Illini, Texas Tech, Houston Cougars, University of Virginia, and the Mizzou Tigers completed the top-10 portion of the list in order. Meanwhile, the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners, No. 13 Texas Longhorns, and No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers found themselves inside the top-15 while No. 23 Oklahoma State returned to the rankings this week. For more sports coverage, click here.