AP Top 25 college basketball rankings: Kansas No. 1 before Selection Sunday
Kansas remains No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 , while Villanova and UCLA stay on the Jayhawks' heels
With Selection Sunday now only six days away, this will be the final poll before teams are more affectionately referenced with their NCAA Tournament seeding rather than by their rankings. And Kansas Jayhawks appears poised to parlay its No. 1 ranking, which it holds for a second straight week, into a No. 1 seed when the selection committee hands down its field of 68 teams.
Not only did the Jayhawks win the Big 12 for the 13th consecutive season, they did it with a four-game cushion. Kansas beat everyone in the Big 12 this season at least once, finished the regular season 28-3 with wins over Duke Blue Devils and Kentucky Wildcats among them, and knocked off a red-hot Oklahoma State Cowboys team on the road on Saturday. The Jayhawks are surging with the heat of March turning up.
This time next week, we’ll know the entire field of 68 teams.
Here’s how the AP poll looks before the major conference tournaments.
AP Top 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Mar. 5, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:
|1. Kansas (59)||28-3||1619|| 1|
|2. Villanova Wildcats (2)||28-3||1517||2|
|3. UCLA Bruins (3)||28-3||1487|| 3|
|4. Gonzaga Bulldogs (1)||30-1||1430|| 4|
|5. Oregon Ducks|| 27-4||1364|| 6|
|6. North Carolina Tar Heels||26-6|| 1291|| 5|
|7. Arizona Wildcats||27-4||1252|| 7|
|8. Kentucky||26-5||1182|| 9|
|9. Baylor Bears||25-6||1084|| 11|
West Virginia Mountaineers
|12. SMU Mustangs||27-4||849||14|
|13. Purdue Boilermakers||25-6||839||16|
|15. Cincinnati Bearcats||27-4||634||18|
|16. Florida State Seminoles||24-7||631||15|
|17. Florida Gators||24-7||617||12|
|18. Butler Bulldogs||23-7||538||13|
|19. Saint Mary’s||27-3||456||20|
|20. Wichita State Shockers||30-4||30-4||21|
|21. Virginia Cavaliers||21-9||400||23|
|22. Notre Dame Fighting Irish||23-8||394||19|
|23. Iowa State Cyclones||20-10||147||24|
|24. Wisconsin Badgers||23-8||139|| 22|
|25. Maryland Terrapins||24-7||47||—|
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