The Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks are two of the four Big 12 teams in the latest Associated Press Men’s Basketball Top 25, released on Monday.
The AP Top 25 included the following Big 12 teams:
No. 3 Baylor (the Bears were No. 3 last week).
No. 6 Kansas (The Jayhawks were No. 6 last week).
No. 14 Texas Tech (The Red Raiders were No. 12 last week).
No. 22 Texas (The Longhorns were No. 21 last week).
Baylor (26-5, 14-4) carries a five-game winning streak into the Big 12 Tournament after going 2-0 last week and winning a share of the Big 12 regular-season title. Baylor defeated Texas, 68-61, and Iowa State, 75-68, to wrap up the regular season. The Bears will face Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals. Bears guard Adam Flagler was named to the Heartland College Sports All-Big 12 First Team.
Kansas (25-6, 14-4 in Big 12) played three games last week and went 2-1 overall. The Jayhawks started the week with a 74-64 loss to TCU, followed by a 72-68 win over TCU and then a 70-63 overtime win over Texas. The Jayhawks will be the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament. Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji was named the Heartland College Sports Big 12 Player of the Year.
Texas Tech (23-8, 12-6) split last week, defeating Kansas State, 73-68, and losing to Oklahoma State, 52-51. The Red Raiders are the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Tournament, and head coach Mark Adams was named the Heartland College Sports Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Texas (21-10, 10-8) lost both of its game last week. The Longhorns fell to Baylor, 68-61, and Kansas, 70-63. The Longhorns will be the No. 4 seed at the Big 12 Tournament.
The entire poll featured No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2. Arizona, No. 3 Baylor, No. 4 Auburn, No. 5 Kentucky, No. 6 Kansas, No. 7 Duke, No. 8 Villanova, No. 9 (tie) Purdue, No. 9 (tie) Tennessee, No. 11 Providence, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 13 UCLA, No. 14 Texas Tech, No. 15 Arkansas, No. 16 Illinois, No. 17 Saint Mary’s, No. 18 Houston, No. 19 Murray State, No. 20 UConn, No. 21 USC, No. 22 Texas, No. 23 Colorado State, No. 24 Iowa and No. 25 North Carolina.
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