Wichita State Shockers

December 2, 2013

Kansas No. 6, Wichita State No. 11 in AP poll

Wichita State moved up one spot to No. 11 in The Associated Press top 25 men’s basketball poll released Monday.

Wichita State moved up one spot to No. 11 in The Associated Press top 25 men’s basketball poll released Monday.

The Shockers (8-0) won three games last week away from home, defeating DePaul and BYU in Kansas City and at Saint Louis. The No. 11 ranking is their highest in the AP poll since December 2006, when they spent two weeks at No. 8.

Kansas (6-1) dropped four spots to No. 6 after its loss to Villanova.

Wichita State climbed two spots to No. 10 in the USA Today poll of 32 coaches. Kansas dropped to No. 7 from No. 2.

The Shockers play Oral Roberts on Saturday at Koch Arena. Kansas plays at Colorado on Saturday.

Michigan State stayed No. 1 for a third straight week in the AP poll, receiving all but two of the first-place votes.

Arizona moved from fourth to second Monday, drawing the other No. 1 votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Kentucky remains third while Syracuse jumps from eighth to fourth. Ohio State moves up two spots to fifth. Completing the top 10 are Louisville, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Duke, which drops four spots after losing to Arizona in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Villanova beat Kansas and Iowa to win the Battle 4 Atlantis and goes from unranked to No. 14.

That's an impressive jump into the poll, but it's far from the best.

In November 1989, Kansas went from unranked to No. 4 after beating No. 2 LSU, No. 1 UNLV and No. 25 St. John's in the NIT Season Tip-Off, which was known then as the Preseason NIT.

The second-best improvement was by Connecticut in November 2010 when the Huskies went from unranked to No. 7 after beating No. 2 Michigan State and No. 8 Kentucky on the way to winning the Maui Invitational.

The other newcomers are No. 24 San Diego State and No. 25 Dayton. They replace North Carolina, Creighton and Marquette.

MVC picks Baker — Wichita State sophomore Ron Baker earned Missouri Valley Conference player of the week honors.

Baker, a 6-foot-3 guard from Scott City, averaged 22 points, five rebounds and two assists in wins over DePaul, BYU and Saint Louis. He made 19 of 36 shots and 23 of 26 free throws in the three games. He also earned Most Valuable Player honors in the CBE Classic.

For the season, Baker averages 16.1 points and 4.1 rebounds. His 10 blocked shots lead the team. In his past four games, Baker scored 21, 21, 23 and 22 points. He is the first Shocker to score 20-plus points in four straight games since Garrett Stutz in 2012.

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