Wichita State is No. 6 in the Associated Press men’s basketball poll, its highest spot since 1981.
No. 25 Kansas State joined the poll for the first time this season to put the state’s three NCAA Division I teams in the rankings for a second straight season. No. 18 Kansas dropped two spots after Sunday’s loss to San Diego State.
WSU (15-0) received 1,203 points from a panel of writers and broadcasters to rise two spots. It is its loftiest position since the Dec. 29, 1981 poll placed them at No. 2 to complete a six-week rise from No. 6 in the preseason. The Shockers dropped to No. 9 in the next poll after losses to North Carolina State and San Francisco in Hawaii.
The Shockers play Illinois State on Wednesday at Koch Arena and will attempt to extend its school-record winning streak. Sunday’s win broke the standard set by the 1953-54 team.
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Kansas (9-4) opens Big 12 play at Oklahoma on Wednesday.
Kansas State (11-3) surged from unranked to No. 25 after Saturday’s 74-71 win over then-No. 6 Oklahoma State. The Wildcats take a nine-game win streak into Tuesday’s game at TCU.
In the USA Today coaches poll, WSU is also sixth, KU is 20th and K-State is not ranked, effectively at No. 35 with five points.