Kansas Jayhawks Jump to #16 in AP Week 8 Poll

 

Denny Medley; USA Today

 

The Associated Press released their 8th Weekly ranking of the nation’s top college basketball programs via ESPN.com.

For the second consecutive week, the Top 25 shuffles but remains unscathed by outside competition. The top 8 teams remain the exact same this week, pinnacled by #1 Arizona who received 63 total first place votes. Syracuse lies close behind with the #2 ranking and received two first place votes themselves. Villanova was able to wrestle the 8th spot away from Duke over the past week, sliding Duke back to ninth in the nation and closing out the Top 10 is Wichita State.

The Kansas Jayhawks bumped themselves up from the #18 spot to the #16 spot after arguably their best performance of the year in their 84-62 dissection of Georgetown. It was the Jayhawks’ first home game in Allen Fieldhouse in over three weeks. Kansas big men Joel Embiid and Tarik Black came to life in the victory, both scoring 17 points on 100% field goal shooting. Kansas takes the stage again next Monday December 30th when they face Toledo in Lawrence.

Rankings 20-25 danced around and rearranged themselves after their week’s play. San Diego State jumped from #24 to #20 while Gonzaga fell from #21 to #24.

Most teams are on Christmas break, so we shouldn’t expect much to change in the rankings come next week too.

 

Week 8 AP Top 25 Rankings:

1. Arizona (12-0)

2. Syracuse (11-0)

3. Ohio State (12-0)

4. Wisconsin (12-0)

5. Michigan State (12-1)

6. Louisville (11-1)

7. Oklahoma State (11-1)

8. Villanova (11-0)

9. Duke (9-2)

10. Wichita State (12-0)

11. Baylor (10-1)

12. Oregon (11-0)

13. Florida (9-2)

14. Iowa State (9-0)

15. Connecticut (10-1)

16. Kansas (8-3)

17. Memphis (8-2)

18. Kentucky (9-3)

19. North Carolina (8-3)

20. San Diego State (9-1)

21. Colorado (10-2)

22. Iowa (11-2)

23. Massachusetts (10-1)

24. Gonzaga (10-2)

25. Missouri (10-1)

 

Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma (65), Illinois (53), Texas (47), George Washington (43), Toledo (27), Florida State (23), Michigan (15), UCLA (14), Harvard (14), Saint Mary’s (8), Pittsburgh (6), Creighton (5), LSU (1), Southern Methodist (1)

Topics: Basketball, Bill Self, Kansas Jayhawks

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