Men's Hoops: KU Drops to #2 in A.P. Top 25 Poll

Ted "The Sports Head"
November 12, 2018 - 2:31 pm

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Despite a 1-0 record with a win over a Top 10 team, Kansas did not retain the #1 ranking in the nation this week in the Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll.

Duke changed everything about who AP Top 25 voters considered to be the nation's best team with a single dominating performance against a marquee opponent.

It also gave the Blue Devils yet another milestone under Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski: a record number of appearances at No. 1.

The Blue Devils jumped from fourth to first Monday in the first regular-season poll, leapfrogging Kansas at the top after a blowout win against then-No. 2 Kentucky last week. That allowed Duke to set a record with its 135th week at No. 1, breaking a tie with UCLA for the most top rankings in poll history.

The 34-point win against the Wildcats in the Champions Classic to open the season marked the program's most lopsided win against a top-5 opponent. Duke was practically flawless behind star freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, and that created a buzz about the team's already lofty potential being somehow even higher than anyone anticipated.

Granted, it was one game. And Duke (2-0) didn't look nearly so dazzling Sunday at home against Army . But that one performance caused a major voting shift, even with now-No. 2 Kansas earning a quality win of its own against then-No. 10 Michigan State in the first game of the Champions Classic.

Kansas was a solid preseason No. 1 by earning 37 of 65 first-place votes, followed by 19 for Kentucky and four for Duke. But Duke now has 48 first-place votes, claiming the top spot for all 19 voters who had Kentucky as preseason No. 1 while also causing 23 voters to switch from Kansas in the preseason Duke this week.

Duke also prompted switches from the lone voters who had Gonzaga and Villanova at No. 1 in the preseason.

Kansas is ranked #2 in the poll this week, with only 22% of the first-place votes, compared to 74% of the top-spot votes for Duke.

Kansas (1-0) hosts Vermont (1-0) on Monday night; KU is an 18.5-point favorite in its home opener. This is a campus-round game in the NIT Season Tip-Off. KU has won its home opener 45 years in a row. Live coverage of the Jayhawks begins at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off at 8:00 p.m., on Sports Radio KFH 1240AM and 98.7FM.

Kansas State (1-0) remains ranked #12 in this week's AP poll. KSU hosts Denver (1-0) at 8:07 p.m. Monday in Manhattan; K-State is an 18.5-point favorite, and has won 24 straight home games vs. non-conference opponents.

 

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