Four Big 12 teams remained among the nation’s best as the Associated Press Men’s Basketball Top 25 was released after the season’s second week of games.
The Big 12 ranked teams included:
Kansas at No. 3 (No. 6 last week);
Texas at No. 4 (No. 11 last week);
Baylor at No. 7 (No. 5 last week);
Texas Tech at No. 21 (No. 23 last week).
Kansas (4-0) went 2-0 last week, starting with a 69-64 win over Duke in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. The Jayhawks returned home and had to sweat out an 82-76 win over Southern Utah. This week, the Jayhawks are in Nassau, The Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. Action starts Wednesday against NC State.
Kansas will also get head coach Bill Self back after a four-game self-imposed suspension connected to the school’s ongoing IARB investigation into the basketball program.
Baylor (4-1) went 2-1 for the week. The Bears beat Northern Colorado, 95-62, at home before heading to Las Vegas for the Continental Tire Main Event. The Bears lost to Virginia, 86-79, before beating UCLA, 80-75. The Bears return home and play one game this week against McNeese State on Wednesday.
Texas (3-0) played just one game last week. But, it was a big one, as Texas defeated then-No. 2 Gonzaga, 94-73. The Longhorns are playing two games this week connected to their Leon Black Classic — Monday against Northern Colorado in Edinburg, Texas, and Saturday against UT-Rio Grande Valley at the Longhorns’ first home for basketball, Gregory Gym.
Texas Tech (3-0) played just once last week. The Red Raiders beat Louisiana Tech, 64-55. This week the Red Raiders are in Maui for the Maui Jim Classic. The Red Raiders open the event against Creighton.
Future Big 12 member Houston is No. 2.
The complete Top 25 poll is below:
No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Houston, No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 Gonzaga, No. 7 Baylor, No. 8 Duke, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 10 Creighton, No. 11 Indiana, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 13 Auburn, No. 14 Arizona, No. 15 Kentucky, No. 16 Illinois, No. 17 San Diego State, No. 18 Alabama, No. 19 UCLA, No. 20 UConn, No. 21 Texas Tech, No. 22 Tennessee, No. 23 Maryland, No. 24 Purdue, No. 25 Iowa.
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