Kansas, Texas still atop AP Top 25

Kansas was the runaway No. 1 pick in The Associated Press’

college basketball poll Monday, just as it has been each week since

the season began last month.

Kansas State and New Mexico entered the rankings this week. The

Wildcats joined the poll for the first time since the 2007-08

season, a drought dwarfed by the Lobos, whose previous appearance

in the Top 25 was in March 1999.

The Jayhawks (9-0), who easily beat Radford and La Salle last

week, received 61 first-place votes from the national media panel

and were well ahead of Texas (8-0), which received one first-place

vote and was No. 2 for the third straight week.

Kentucky (10-0), which was No. 1 on one ballot, and Purdue (9-0)

both moved up one spot to third and fourth, following Villanova’s

75-65 loss to Temple on Sunday. The Wildcats (9-1) dropped to

eighth.

Syracuse (10-0), which beat Florida last week for its third win

over a ranked team this season, received the other two first-place

votes and jumped from seventh to fifth.

West Virginia remained sixth and was followed by Duke,

Villanova, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Georgetown, which beat Top 25 teams Butler and Washington last

week, moved up four places to 11th, followed by Michigan State,

Florida, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Ohio

State, New Mexico and Mississippi.

The bottom five ranked teams were Butler, Georgia Tech, Texas

A&M, Washington and Cincinnati.

Kansas State (9-1) moved in at 17th following a 95-80 victory

over UNLV on Saturday, its sixth straight win since an 86-74 loss

to Mississippi in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The

Wildcats were ranked for eight weeks in 2007-08, Michael Beasley’s

only season in Manhattan before leaving for the NBA.

New Mexico (10-0) kept its unbeaten season going with an 84-81

victory over Texas A&M in Houston on Saturday. The Lobos have

shown steady improvement under third-year coach Steve Alford, who

led them to the Mountain West Conference regular-season title last

season.

This is their first appearance in the Top 25 since a

three-season run under coach Dave Bliss that ended with the final

poll of 1998-99.

UNLV (7-1) was ranked for two weeks before falling out from 18th

after the loss to Kansas State.

Wisconsin (7-2) moved into the poll last week after handing Duke

its first loss of the season in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. But the

Badgers were gone this week after following the victory over the

Blue Devils with an 88-84 overtime loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Texas Tech, which beat Texas Christian 80-70 in its only game

last week, had the biggest jump, moving from 23rd to 16th.

Texas A&M, which beat North Texas 75-65 before losing to New

Mexico, and Washington, which lost 74-66 to Georgetown in the

Wooden Classic, both fell seven places, to 23rd and 24th,

respectively.

The only games between ranked teams this week are Saturday at

neutral sites: Gonzaga plays Duke at Madison Square Garden, and

North Carolina faces Texas at Cowboys Stadium.