Texas Longhorns Moves Back Into AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 Poll
The Texas Longhorns moved back into in the Associated Press Men’s Basketball Top 25, released on Monday, after a one-week absence.
Meanwhile, Baylor, Kansas and Texas Tech all dropped after at least one loss last week, while Iowa State moved up after two wins last week.
The AP Top 25 included the following Big 12 teams:
No. 8 Baylor (the Bears were No. 4 last week).
No. 10 Kansas (The Jayhawks were No. 5 last week).
No. 14 Texas Tech (The Red Raiders were No. 13 last week).
No. 20 Iowa State (The Cyclones were No. 23 last week).
No. 23 Texas (Texas received 61 votes last week).
TCU received four votes.
Kansas (17-2, 6-1 in Big 12) outlasted Texas Tech, 95-91, in double overtime, a game that may end up being one of the two or three best in Big 12 play season’s end. After that, Kansas hosted Kentucky in the Big 12-SEC Challenge and lost, 80-62. This week Kansas has a challenging week a road trip to Iowa State on Tuesday and a home game against Baylor on Saturday.
Baylor (18-3, 6-2) started last week by handling Kansas State, 74-49, and then falling to Alabama, 87-78, in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. Baylor hosts West Virginia on Monday and then travels to Kansas on Saturday.
Iowa State (16-5, 3-5) started last week with an 84-81 overtime victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday. The Cyclones followed that with a 67-50 victory over Missouri in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. This week the Cyclones host Kansas on Tuesday and then travels to Texas on Saturday.
Texas Tech (15-5, 5-3) started last week with that thrilling double-overtime loss to Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. Then, on Saturday, The Red Raiders defeated Mississippi State, 76-50, in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. This week the Red Raiders start with a home game against Texas on Tuesday, followed by a trip to West Virginia on Saturday.
Texas (16-5, 5-3) blew out TCU on the road last Tuesday, 73-50, and then followed that with a 52-51 victory over Tennessee in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. The Longhorns nearly blew the game in the final minutes. The game marked the first visit to Austin by Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes since he left the Longhorns. This week Texas is at Texas Tech on Tuesday and then hosts Iowa State on Saturday.
The entire poll featured No. 1 Auburn, No. 2. Gonzaga, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 Kentucky, No. 6 Houston, No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Baylor, No. 9 Duke, No. 10 Kansas, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 12 Villanova, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 14 Texas Tech, No. 15 Providence, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 17 UConn, No. 18 Illinois, No. 19 USC, No. 20 Iowa State, No. 21 Xavier, No. 22 Tennessee, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 Marquette and No. 25 LSU.
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