New polls out tomorrow: Jayhawks top 5 this week... or next?

Polls

The current rankings will be updated tomorrow.  Kansas has already moved up from a preseason #7 ranking to #6 (and that was before the Selby announcement).  The USA Today Coaches Poll and Associated Press agree on the top three teams.

  1. Duke
  2. Michigan State
  3. Kansas State

Incidentally, this is the first time that I can remember KState being ranked higher than the Jayhawks since 1989, the season after Danny & the Miracles.

The next two teams are interchangeable, as far as the polls are concerned:

  • Pittsburgh
  • Ohio State

And then we come to the Jayhawks and Villanova.  The Coaches rank us at #6, up one slot from the preseason poll, and the AP puts us at #7, still behind Villanova.  Coach Roy’s Tarheels are the consensus #8, after that the polls diverge, with Florida, Purdue & Syracuse combining to fill out the top ten.

#1 Duke has been impressive, but the Blue Devils haven’t really played anyone yet.  Tomorrow that changes.  Duke plays Marquette in the first round of the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.  #3 Kansas State plays #11 Gonzaga in the other bracket, setting up an all-but certain top ten matchup on Tuesday Night.  Duke’s best case scenario would be for Gonzaga to upset KState, nullifying the home court advantage for the Wildcats, but considering North Carolina’s collapse in San Juan, losing to two unranked teams, coupled with Florida’s loss, Gonzaga should crack the top ten in tomorrow’s poll.

#2 Michigan State is playing in the Maui Invitational this week, which will be the first real test of their team.  The Spartans should cruise through their first game against Chaminade on Monday.  Barring upset, they will take on the winner of Wichita State and UConn on Tuesday, and then they will have to face either Oklahoma, Virginia, Kentucky or Washington on Wednesday.  The Spartans next challenge will be on December 1st against Duke.

#4 Pittsburgh has already passed an early season hurdle in defeating #22 Texas, has a pretty easy ride for a few weeks.  #5 Ohio State posted an impressive 18 point win over a ninth ranked Florida team, but do not look to face another top twenty five team until the end of January.  Whether this hide and seek method of scheduling turns out to be beneficial in the long run remains to be seen, but it sure won’t help their RPI.

Which brings us to Kansas

Will the current level of play (and the Selby announcement) be enough to get us into the top five this week?

Or will we have to wait until next week?

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