Wichita State ranked No. 24; Jayhawks No. 9 in AP basketball poll

12/03/2012 1:40 PM

12/04/2012 8:07 AM

Wichita State basketball is grabbing national attention in amounts not seen since the 1980s.

The Shockers (8-0) moved into the Associated Press top 25 at No. 24 on Monday. WSU spent five weeks in the poll last season, meaning it is in the top 25 in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons.

WSU received 245 votes in the poll of writers and broadcasters, up from 99 the previous week when it stood two spots outside the top 25. The Shockers, one of 20 unbeaten NCAA Division I teams, would be ranked No. 27 in the USA Today poll of 31 coaches if the poll were expanded past the top 25. They received 47 votes to fall behind No. 25 Notre Dame (92) and Pittsburgh (89).

Kansas is No. 9 in both polls.

Creighton (7-1) dropped five spots to No. 16 in the AP poll after a 1-1 week that included an 83-70 loss to Boise State and an 80-51 win over Saint Joseph’s. It is No. 13 in the coaches poll.

WSU and Creighton were ranked together in the final three AP polls last season.

The Shockers, who defeated Air Force 72-69 on Sunday, are off until they face Northern Colorado on Saturday at Koch Arena. They will try to equal the program’s mark for an unbeaten start with a ninth victory.

Hall honored — WSU senior center Carl Hall earned Missouri Valley Conference player of the week honors.

Hall, from Cochran, Ga., averaged 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in wins over Air Force and Tulsa. He scored a career-high 21 points on Sunday’s win over Air Force, making 9 of 10 shots.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 2, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Indiana (45) 8-0 1,605 1

2. Duke (20) 8-0 1,577 2

3. Michigan 7-0 1,467 3

4. Syracuse 5-0 1,384 6

5. Louisville 6-1 1,332 5

6. Florida 6-0 1,324 7

7. Ohio St. 5-1 1,254 4

8. Arizona 5-0 1,190 9

9. Kansas 6-1 1,079 10

10. Gonzaga 8-0 1,054 12

11. Cincinnati 7-0 919 17

12. Missouri 6-1 866 16

13. Illinois 8-0 654 22

14. Minnesota 8-1 584 21

15. Georgetown 5-1 545 20

16. Creighton 7-1 469 11

17. San Diego St. 5-1 410 23

18. New Mexico 8-0 402 25

19. Michigan St. 6-2 347 13

20. North Carolina 6-2 321 14

21. UNLV 5-1 285 24

22. Notre Dame 7-1 278 —

23. Oklahoma St. 5-1 263 15

24. Wichita St. 8-0 245 —

25. NC State 4-2 234 18

Others receiving votes: Kentucky 186, Virginia Tech 170, Pittsburgh 164, Oregon 155, Alabama 96, UConn 92, Baylor 49, Colorado 44, Boise St. 22, Butler 18, Maryland 9, Temple 9, Miami 7, Colorado St. 5, Wyoming 5, Murray St. 4, LSU 1, Marquette 1.

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