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Kansas State 10th, Kansas 14th in latest AP college basketball poll

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 5:19 p.m.

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No. 13 Kansas State at No. 5 Kansas

PKansas St.HtYrPtsReb
FShane Southwell6-6Jr.7.93.9
FJordan Henriquez6-11Sr.4.74.2
GRodney McGruder604Sr.15.05.3
GWill Spradling6-2Jr.8.3x-2.7
GAngel Rodriguez5-11So.9.9x-4.7

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Kansas State (18-4, 8-2): The Wildcats enter Monday’s game an unusual position: Assuming they pass the Jayhawks in the new national polls, they will play Kansas as the higher-ranked team for the first time since 1982. K-State enters the game as one of the hottest teams in the Big 12, winning four straight. Expect Thomas Gipson to continue coming off the bench despite outplaying Henriquez recently. Coach Bruce Weber likes the chemistry created by Henriquez starting, and Henriquez is a better matchup against Jeff Withey. Martavious Irving has scored 10 points in three straight games. McGruder averaged 20 points last week.

PKansasHtYrPtsReb
FKevin Young6-8Sr.7.56.7
CJeff Withey7-0Sr.13.08.2
GTravis Releford6-6Sr.11.93.7
GBen McLemore6-5Fr.16.35.4
GElijah Johnson6-4Sr.9.3x-4.7

Kansas (19-4, 7-3): In the span of 10 days, Kansas has gone from the No. 2 team in the country and a sure-fire Final Four contender to a team that suffered one of the program’s worst three-game stretches in 25 years. Maybe Kansas was never that good. And it’s likely the Jayhawks aren’t as bad as they’ve shown, either. After Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma, KU didn’t have much time to ponder its fate. Kansas must win tonight to avoid falling two games behind rival K-State in the Big 12 standings. On Jan. 22, the Jayhawks emerged from Bramlage Coliseum with a 59-55 victory. It was the kind of gritty win that became Kansas’ signature. After three straight losses, KU is searching for that old mojo.

RPIs as of Sunday: K-State 23, KU 10.

No. 13 Kansas State at No. 5 Kansas

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence

Records: KSU 18-4, 8-2 Big 12; KU 19-4, 7-3

Radio: KQAM, 1480-AM, KWLS, 107.9-FM; KFH, 1240-AM, 98.7-FM

TV: ESPN, Ch. 32

It wasn’t quite trading places, but it was close.

Kansas State, on the strength of a four-game winning streak, moved up to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll, while Kansas continued its tumble to No. 14 after two more losses.

The Wildcats were ranked No. 13 last week, while the Jayhawks were No. 5 — just a week after they were ranked No. 2. The poll movement sets up a pivotal Sunflower Showdown Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where Kansas State, 19-4 overall and first in the Big 12 at 8-2, will play Kansas as the higher-ranked team for the first time since the 1988 NCAA Midwest Regional final.

If the Wildcats can win in Lawrence for only the second time since 1994, they’ll move one step closer to the program’s first conference championship since 1977.

“It’s why you have conferences, to win conference championships,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said Monday on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference.

Kansas State spent three weeks ranked higher than the Jayhawks in November 2010. Until today, that was the only time the Wildcats were ranked higher than KU in their Big 12 history.

“They’re scoring the ball better,” KU coach Bill Self said Monday. “They’re having even better balance. Even though (senior Rodney) McGruder is obviously their guy, they got different guys stepping up.”

Meanwhile, Kansas, 19-4 overall and 7-3 in the Big 12, will try to stem the tide after its first three-game losing streak since February 2005.

“We have labored big-time the last week,” Self said. “But we still got a good team, and we’re playing a team that’s the hottest team in our league, I guess right now. They’ve had a terrific year, and I’m sure they’re playing with as much confidence as possible.”

In 1988, the Wildcats were ranked 20th and Kansas was unranked when they met in Pontiac, Mich., in the championship game of the Midwest Regional. The Danny Manning-led Jayhawks won 71-58 on their way to the NCAA title.

After a topsy-turvy week in college basketball, the rest of the poll had plenty of shake-ups and movers. Indiana remained No. 1 despite suffering a last-second loss to Illinois, while Duke, Michigan, Miami and Gonzaga rounded out the top five.

Oklahoma State moved up from No. 22 to No. 17, while Missouri, previously ranked 21st, fell out of the top 25 for the first time this season. The Tigers split a pair of games last week, falling at Texas A&M on Thursday and defeating Mississippi on Saturday.

Four other teams — No. 20 Wisconsin, No. 22 Memphis, No. 24 Colorado State and No. 25 Kentucky — entered the poll after not being ranked last week.

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