MANHATTAN — Kansas State is sporting its highest basketball ranking in nearly 50 years.
The No. 7 Wildcats, who moved up two spots in the national polls Monday after easily beating Colorado last week, haven't been ranked higher in the Associated Press poll since 1962, when they reached No. 6.
After beginning the year out of the polls, K-State has been ranked for 10 consecutive weeks. It has been ranked in the top 10 three separate times this season.
The Wildcats are also off to their best start in nearly 50 years. At 20-4 overall and 7-3 in Big 12 play, they are tie for the fifth-best start in program history and best overall since 1962 when they got to 21-3.
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Kansas (24-1) was again a runaway No. 1, receiving 62 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel to hold the top spot for the third week in a row. Kentucky (24-1), which had the other No. 1 nods, moved up one spot to No. 2.
Villanova moved up one place to No. 3, with Purdue gaining two places to fourth, the sixth week this season the Boilermakers have reached that spot.