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Sport Kansas back atop Top 25 as Baylor slides to No. 2 after loss

19:45  24 february  2020
19:45  24 february  2020 Source:   ap.org

Baylor stays No. 1 in quiet week for Top 25; Michigan St out

  Baylor stays No. 1 in quiet week for Top 25; Michigan St out Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll in a largely static week among the top 10. The Bears received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday to stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas one. San Diego State and Louisville rounded out the top five. Preseason No. 1 Michigan State dropped out of the poll from No. 16 following a three-game losing streak. The Spartans are the first preseason No. 1 to drop out of the rankings since Kentucky did it twice in 2013-14.Seton Hall was the only change among the top 10 after moving up two spots to No. 10.

Kansas is back on top of the college basketball world after knocking off Baylor in a matchup of Big 12 heavyweights, while the Bears dropped to No . 2 The Cougars climbed six spots to No . 17 with their eighth straight victory. Penn State took the biggest tumble from ninth to No . 16 after losses to Illinois

Baylor is No . 2 in Tuesday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. Both of the Flyers' losses are losses in overtime to schools also ranked in the Top 25 And 1. The Ducks are 9-4 in the Pac-12 and tied with Colorado atop the league standings.

No. 1 Baylor tops No. 14 W. Virginia 70-59, ties Big 12 mark

  No. 1 Baylor tops No. 14 W. Virginia 70-59, ties Big 12 mark Top-ranked Baylor never trailed while tying the longest winning streak in Big 12 history at 22 games with a 70-59 victory over No. 14 West Virginia.The Bears (23-1, 12-0 Big 12) cruised without second-leading scorer MaCio Teague, a junior whose streak of 90 consecutive games ended because of a right wrist injury.

Baylor and Kansas now sit tied atop the Big 12 standings with identical league records of 13-1. Both also seem like more than safe bets to grace the top For as good as Baylor is defensively — No. 3 in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency — the Bears are unquestionably undersized on the interior.

Kansas is the new No. 1. The Jayhawks earned that spot via a 64-61 victory at Baylor that came hours before Gonzaga lost 91-78 at BYU. The victory improved Kansas to 11-3 in Quadrant 1 opportunities with zero losses outside of the first quadrant. Nobody else has more than 10 Quadrant 1 wins.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is back on top of the college basketball world after knocking off Baylor in a matchup of Big 12 heavyweights, while the Bears dropped to No. 2 in The Associated Press men's poll Monday after their nip-and-tuck loss in Waco.

The Jayhawks (24-3, 13-1 Big 12) received 62 of 64 first-place votes from the national media panel to take over the No. 1 ranking for the second time this season. Kansas also was atop the poll for one week in December, when it seemed as if just about every school that ascended to No. 1 promptly lost in a topsy-turvy start to the season.

“We're a silent team that can make a run late in March,” Jayhawks guard Devon Dotson said after the 64-61 victory on Saturday. “We're not going to get complacent from this one. We're going to build off of it.”

Kansas Jayhawks having a No. 1 seed kind of season, yet are chasing Baylor in Big 12

  Kansas Jayhawks having a No. 1 seed kind of season, yet are chasing Baylor in Big 12 At 11-1, Kansas men's basketball is off to its best Big 12 start in a decade. The Jayhawks have won 10 straight, played the nation's strongest schedule, stand No. 3 in the national polls and are pointed toward another top seed in the NCAA Tournament. "Before the season every coach in America would sell out for that in conference play, I would think," Kansas coach Bill Self said. Yet, KU remains in chase mode.Baylor is the front runner, in the Big 12 and nationally. The Bears are poised to be ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the fifth straight week after walloping West Virginia on Saturday.

Villanova is atop the new AP Top 25 poll for a second straight week after wins over DePaul and St. John’s, while Duke is back in the rankings for the first time in two weeks, coming in at No. 20.

With its top six scorers back from a team that shared the SEC title, Tennessee had its highest preseason Tennessee knocked Gonzaga from atop the AP Top 25 with Barnes' first win over a No. 1 team in early The Red Raiders dropped six spots to No . 14 after losses to Iowa State and Baylor .

Baylor (24-2, 13-1) received two first-place votes and fell to second after its 23-game winning streak came to an end. Gonzaga was No. 3 after a loss to BYU, and Dayton jumped San Diego State for No. 4 after the Aztecs lost for the first time in a week when every team in the top 10 found itself in a new position from last week.

The most notable change, of course, came at the top.

“Baylor is the best team that we've played against since I’ve been in the league the last 17 years,” said Jayhawks coach Bill Self, whose team begins its four-game finishing stretch against Oklahoma State on Monday night. “You could look at Oklahoma State in ’04 and you could look at (Texas) Tech in ’19, but I think Baylor has played better than both those teams at the same stage. I don’t know how it’s going to finish, but I certainly feel strongly about that.”

Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose team spent five weeks at No. 1, was equally effusive in his praise for the Jayhawks.

Self won't stress Big 12 implications to KU players before Baylor game: 'They know.'

  Self won't stress Big 12 implications to KU players before Baylor game: 'They know.' Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says he's not planning on speaking with his players about the Big 12 regular season race prior to Saturday's showdown.“No. I don’t have to do that. They know,” Self said Thursday at a news conference held in advance of an 11 a.m. clash between the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks (23-3, 12-1) and No. 1-ranked Bears (24-1, 13-0) in Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Gonzaga has been No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings for 55 consecutive mornings. Consider: The top six teams in the Top 25 And 1 -- Gonzaga, Baylor , San Diego State, Kansas , Dayton and Maryland -- enter this weekend with a combined record of 146-11.

Villanova is now No . 2 . The complete Top 25 (and one) is below. Baylor . The Bears are undefeated with six top -55 KenPom wins on their resume. No other team in the country has more than five top -55 KenPom wins. Two of Clemson's three losses are to schools also ranked in the Top 25 (and one).

“Kansas has really progressed since the last time we faced them,” he said. “We had a heck of a run. I never thought I’d see anyone do what we did. The Big 12 is so tough. Six straight years we’ve been the number one conference for a reason."

Baylor wasn't the only team to take its lumps during an upset-filled weekend.

The Cougars continued their climb to No. 17 after they knocked off Gonzaga on Saturday night, while UNLV ended the Aztecs' perfect start with a 66-63 victory. Two more top-10 teams went down in a Big Ten shakeup Sunday when Maryland lost to Ohio State and Penn State lost to Indiana for its second defeat of the week.

“We lost, and it’s the first time it’s happened (this season), so it doesn't feel good," San Diego State guard Malachi Flynn said. "We were all just trying to win the game, and it's just played out the way it played out."

The Flyers (25-2) have won 16 straight to reach their highest standing in the poll since finishing third during the 1955-56 season, while the Aztecs (26-1) remain the nation's only one-loss Division I team. They were followed by Florida State, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland and Creighton in rounding out the top 10.

Azubuike's double-double lifts No. 3 Kansas over No. 1 Baylor

  Azubuike's double-double lifts No. 3 Kansas over No. 1 Baylor Third-ranked Kansas beat No. 1 Baylor 64-61 in a Big 12 showdown Saturday.WACO, Texas (AP) -- Udoka Azubuike's 23 points, 19 rebounds and three blocked shots lifted No. 3 Kansas to a 64-61 win over top-ranked Baylor in a Big 12 Conference showdown on Saturday.

The Seminoles climbed two spots ahead of their high-profile ACC showdown with No. 11 Louisville on Monday night.

“Florida State is just a team, they're all really big, really long and really athletic,” Cardinals star Jordan Nwora said. “We're going to pressure them, use the lane, and I feel pretty confident going into this game.”

RISING AND FALLING

The Blue Jays climbed from No. 15 into the top 10 for the first time since the 2016-17 season after beating then-No. 19 Marquette and then-No. 21 Butler last week. Their streak has moved them to within a game of Seton Hall — which climbed from No. 16 to No. 13 this week — in what has become an intrigue race for the Big East title.

The biggest jump this week came from BYU, which followed a victory over Santa Clara with a resounding 91-78 win over Gonzaga. The Cougars climbed six spots to No. 17 with their eighth straight victory.

Penn State took the biggest tumble from ninth to No. 16 after losses to Illinois and Indiana, while West Virginia fell three spots to No. 20 and Colorado dropped three spots to No. 21.

IN AND OUT

Michigan shot back into the Top 25 at No. 19 this week after the Wolverines ran their winning streak to five straight and seven of eight with victories at Purdue and Rutgers. Texas Tech and Michigan State also returned to the poll with the Red Raiders at No. 22 and the Spartans at No. 24.

Marquette tumbled from No. 19 all the way out after losing to Creighton and unranked Providence. Butler fell out from No. 21 and Arizona from No. 24 after the Wildcats lost in overtime to Oregon on Saturday.

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TCU shocked No. 2 Baylor, 75-72, on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Desmond Bane scored 23 points, with eight straight in TCU's tiebreaking run as the Horned Frogs upended No. 2 Baylor 75-72 on Saturday.

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