The Baylor Bears rose up to No. 2 after a tumultuous week in college hoops in the latest Associated Press Men’s Basketball Top 25, released on Monday.
The AP Top 25 included the following Big 12 teams:
No. 2 Baylor (up two spots from last week’s No. 4);
No. 7 Texas (holding steady from last week);
No. 8 Kansas (holding steady from last week);
No. 17 Iowa State (up two spots from last week’s No. 19).
Oklahoma received 29 votes, while Texas Tech received two votes in the poll.
Purdue moved up to No. 1 overall, thanks in part to a Duke loss last week. The Blue Devils were last week’s No. 1 team.
Baylor (8-0) won its only game last week, a 99-54 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. LJ Cryer led five different Bears in double figures with 20 points, while Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua had a career-high 14 points, along with 13 rebounds. Baylor is off until it hosts Villanova in its Big 12-Big East Battle game on Sunday.
Texas (6-1) had a 2-0 week, defeating Sam Houston, 73-57, and UT-Rio Grande Valley, 88-58. In the latter game, Christian Bishop led the Longhorns with 17 points. Texas has just one game this week, a Thursday showdown at No. 23 Seton Hall in the Big 12-Big East Battle.
Kansas (6-1) also played just one game last week, and it was their 95-75 win over St. John’s in the Big 12-Big East Battle. Christian Braun had a career-high 31 points for the Jayhawks, while David McCormack had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Kansas hosts UTEP on Tuesday and then renews the ‘Border War’ with Missouri on Saturday.
Iowa State (8-0) crashed the Top 25 last week for the first time in more than two years, thanks to back-to-back wins over Top 25 teams. The Cyclones maintained their ranking with wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 83-64, and Creighton, 64-58, the latter of which was the Cyclones’ Big 12-Big East Battle game. Caleb Grill had 16 points off the bench for ISU, including four 3-pointers. Iowa State hosts Iowa on Thursday and Jackson State on Sunday.
The entire poll featured No. 1 Purdue, No. 2. Baylor, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Gonzaga, No. 6 Villanova, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Kansas, No. 9 Alabama, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 11 Arizona, No. 12 Arkansas, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 14 Houston, No. 15 UConn, No. 16 USC, No. 17 Iowa State, No. 18 Auburn, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 20 Florida, No. 21 Ohio State, No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 23 Seton Hall, No. 24 BYU and No. 25 LSU.
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