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KU moves up to No. 2 in coaches poll, No. 3 in AP

Kansas guard Travis Releford celebrates as time expires in the Jayhawks' 64-59 comeback win against Texas on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

The Kansas men's basketball team moved up to No. 2 in the USA Today coaches poll and also into a tie for third in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday.

The Jayhawks (16-1) received eight of 31 first-place votes in the coaches poll and seven of 65 first-place votes in the AP ranking.

Duke is No. 1 in both polls. In the AP poll, Michigan is No. 2, followed by KU and Syracuse, who tied for third.

Kansas State — KU's opponent Tuesday — is the only other Big 12 team ranked in either poll. The Wildcats are 11th in the AP ranking and 13th in the coaches' ballot.

The full rankings are below.

See how Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan voted.

Associated Press

1. Duke (39)

2. Michigan (11)

3. Kansas (7)

3. Syracuse (8)

5. Louisville

6. Arizona

7. Indiana

8. Florida

9. Butler

10. Gonzaga

11. Kansas State

12. Minnesota

13. Michigan State

14. Ohio State

15. New Mexico

16. Oregon

17. Creighton

18. North Carolina State

19. Virginia Commonwealth

20. Wichita State

21. Cincinnati

22. Missouri

23. Mississippi

24. Notre Dame

25. Miami (Fla.)

USA Today coaches poll

  1. Duke (20)
  2. Kansas (8)
  3. Michigan (1)
  4. Syracuse (2)
  5. Louisville
  6. Arizona
  7. Florida
  8. Indiana
  9. Butler
  10. Gonzaga
  11. Michigan St.
  12. Creighton
  13. Kansas St.
  14. Minnesota
  15. Ohio St.
  16. VCU
  17. New Mexico
  18. N.C. State
  19. Oregon
  20. Cincinnati
  21. Wichita St.
  22. Missouri
  23. Notre Dame
  24. Mississippi
  25. San Diego St.

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Ron Prichard

Sounds about right to me. Although if we don't start playing better on the offensive end, we won't be #2 for long. Also good to see Wichita State in the top 25 again. They had a huge win this weekend.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Steve Gantz

If my math is correct, there are three Division I teams in the state of Kansas and all are ranked. Not sure if any other state can say that.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Freedman Moor

A bunch with two, Kansas is the only with three.

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kesmithstl1

The Hoosier State with Indiana, Butler, and Notre Dame.

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Steve Gantz

Evansville, Ball St, Indiana St just off the top of my head.

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tasmith3

yes, misread your post.

9 years, 10 months ago

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kesmithstl1

sorry, can't read.

9 years, 10 months ago

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rockchalker5

And all three teams are ahead of Mizzery...

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FearlessJayhawk

Being number one doesn't mean a thing. Just give me a number one seed in March.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Mallory Rempp

Not really. Success in the tourney is the biggest factor. No one remembers who was number one back in January, nor do they care. They want a banner & a trophy.

9 years, 10 months ago

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David Leathers

What's up with people mis-reading all of these posts today? He said in April after the tournament is over.. Meaning the team who wins the championship is number 1 in the final poll of the season.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Steve Gantz

The #1 seed increases the likelihood that you'll be in Atlanta playing for that championship.

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Boouk

I don't care about the seed either. Just hope KU gets the best draw and takes advantage.

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Mallory Rempp

I'd certainly rather we not be number one. Quite frankly, I was fine with the #4 spot. The closer to #1 you get, the hungrier opponents are to beat you.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Cameron Cederlind

Whether #1 or #10, we're always #1 in the big 12 during conference play so I don't think it matters much.

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Mallory Rempp

Not loser mentality, I just don't enjoy having a target on our backs.
But what a quality comment, thanks.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Jeremy Paul

That's a capital "l" and where's your period?

9 years, 10 months ago

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kranny

I think that getting a number one seed is dependent on being a top five team throughout the year. Being number one lets you know that the bar has been set and to stay there you'd better bring it every game. I like being number one.

9 years, 10 months ago

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nuleafjhawk

I don't care where we're ranked right now - just beat the living crap out of K-State tomorrow and I'll be happy.

9 years, 10 months ago

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nuleafjhawk

lol - does it say " 90 % of the time " on the back ??

9 years, 10 months ago

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kufaninmo

it should say "90% of the time, we beat k-state all the time"

9 years, 10 months ago

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KGphoto

LOL! But if anybody makes the shirt, make sure it's "every time".

9 years, 10 months ago

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nuleafjhawk

Exactly. The same way that other Ag schools get up for K-State when it comes to Livestock Judging and hybrid wheat growing.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Joe Baker

He's too busy chewing his foot from the team that was going to "REPEAT" - haha
Now they're preparing for next yr's squad to be NC. UK fans are the most fair weather fans I know. Unless their team is winning and has a shot at NC, they are fickle.

9 years, 10 months ago

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adamjhwkfan

Andy Katz and ESPN are picking us to lose tomorrow.. come on boys, let's get this offensive slump busted!

9 years, 10 months ago

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Steve Jacob

Guessing KSU will be a couple or points favored.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Joe Baker

It's all part of his job. He is a hype master deluxe. This is the one who goes to the WH during March Madness and gets obama's brackets. We all look forward to Andy going to the WH and spending time with obama.

Go Andy and Rock Chalk

9 years, 10 months ago

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jayhawkinnc

With the exception of 2008, KU always plays its worst game of the season as a 1 seed. I've always been more comfortable being a 2 seed and under the radar like last year. Below are some of our losses as a 1 seed:

1986 - lost to Duke in Final Four. Danny fouled out and had just 4 points (at least we got there, but with today's video/clock rules....we may not have made it due to the clock malfunction vs. Michigan State in the Sweet 16)

1992 - lost to UTEP in 2nd round
1995 - lost to Virginia in Sweet 16 in KC
1997 - lost to Arizona in Sweet 16
1998 - lost to Rhode Island in 2nd round
2002 - lost to Maryland by 9 (we were down 20 at one point) in Final Four after being up 11 early

2007 - lost to UCLA in Elite 8 68-55 (LOTS of missed bunnnies for us)
2010 - lost to Northern Iowa in 2nd round
2011 - lost to VCU in Elite 8 by ten points. 2 of 23 from 3 range.

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Jonathan Even

However the only time we've won a championship in the past twenty years, we were a number one seed.

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Tony Bandle

I wonder if Kansas State is printing memorial sports pages and T-shirts to sell before the game showing them favored by the point spread over Kansas?? :)

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Ray Winger

Dear Staff Reports: You should mention our good neighbor, Wichita State University. With all major Kansas D1 schools ranked, kudo's to all.

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Jeff Coffman

Why, everyone outside of the state of Kansas wouldn't know the game occurred.

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Ray Winger

Absolutely! We play 'American', and whoever....guarantee full house for WSU and lots of gossip pre and post.....I know the public would love it...however the outcome.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Luca Rossi

Michigan lost to OSU too who KU beat by 8 pts. Suprised to see them higher in that poll too.

9 years, 10 months ago

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KULA

I have NEVER seen a seen a top five team get leapfrogged in a weekly poll without losing a game. Just goes to show what a Big 10-Big East-ACC bias the AP writers have.

9 years, 10 months ago

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nuleafjhawk

I can't wait for tomorrow so we can expose the most over-rated team in America. By 9:00 pm tomorrow night the purple fans will forever refer to their little gymnasium as the Octagon of Gloom.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Jeffery Barrett

Hawktagon of Gloom.

9 years, 10 months ago

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DCLawHawk

Nice.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Tony Bandle

I posted this earlier, but Bruce Weber is, to say the least, not a favorite of HCBS. Compared to Weber, Bill would have Scott Drew be a godfather to one of his children.

1] When Weber took over at Illinois, he claimed none of Bill's kids could play ball and he, himself taught them to be NCAA contenders.

2] Wouldn't schedule Kansas for love nor money.

3] Held a mock funeral to "bury" the memory of the Self era at Illinois.

4] Oh, by the way, Weber's success rating after Bill's kids graduated.....like a ski slope - all down hill!!!!!!!

9 years, 10 months ago

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nuleafjhawk

I'm happy to say now that Frank Martin is gone - and Misswho is gone, I can direct all my ill will towards the Flint Hills. (Yeah, I actually kinda liked Frank a little).

When KSU hired Weber, they locked in my new Big 12 most hated team vote. And I usually reserve those for good teams......

9 years, 10 months ago

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nostradavid

CRUSH the "CATS ! (and watch out for Wichita State in March)

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos...

9 years, 10 months ago

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Joe Baker

WSU is scary good.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Boouk

Michigan ahead of KU? The voters obviously haven't followed Ohio State's season at all.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Scott Smetana

I feel this is a huge game for BMAC with Ellis and Tharpe asserting themselves the as possible starters come March.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Reuben_J_Cogburn

A call to arms, boys. K-State is on a winning streak, nationally ranked, and primed for the upset. The stars are in line for them to make the dream come true.

Crush that dream. Show no mercy. Rock Chalk.

9 years, 10 months ago

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Justin Daniel

Our point guard play, our on ball defense, and production at the 4 spot all need to dramatically improve in order for Kansas to truly deserve the number 2 ranking.

9 years, 10 months ago

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riverdrifter

Ding, ding, ding... WINNER!!!

9 years, 10 months ago

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Jeff Coffman

Fact we have a better record in their house then they do.
Fact we have a better record in their house then we do at AFH.

I wonder which assistant is the scout for the kitty kats, I think that has something to do with how we play offensively, and expecially defensively.

9 years, 10 months ago

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milwaukeeJAYHAWK

Is good to temper high rankings with realistic qualms about overconfidence in March.....

....BUT it doesn't hurt recruiting to be mentioned at the top all the time, so I'll take #1 or 2 or 3 any day of the week.

Great job, Hawks!

9 years, 10 months ago

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Ray Winger

HEY!! WHERE THE _XXX_ IS north carolina and roy williams? Don't they deserve at least a vote......? or MAYBE THEY GET AN OBJECTIVE....WHAT THEY DESERVE???

Maybe we get Bill Self, Dr. Zenger, HCCW, Diamond Dixon and lots of Wins, Rankings, Olympic Gold Medals, and Positive PR?

9 years, 10 months ago

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ollerfarm

In 1964-65 KU KSU and Wichita were all three ranked according to the Stars and Stripes that I was reading in Viet Nam at the time. I like it a lot better here in Kansas. Rock Chaulk Jayhawk, beat KSU! And they did it one more time in the house of Doom! K State should resume playing in Ahern, just when KU comes to Manhattan.

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