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K-State returns to national polls

The Kansas State basketball team has worked its way back up.

For the first time since mid-January, the Wildcats are a Top 25 team. The new rankings were released today, and K-State made the cut in both national polls. It came in at No. 19 in the Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the USA Today poll.

This time of year, rankings don’t mean much compared to seeds in postseason tournaments. But the numbers now next to K-State’s name are significant, because they show how far it has come. After starting league play 2-5, the Wildcats stopped receiving votes in the national polls. Eight wins in nine games later, they are back in the Top 25.

So that’s something they can feel good about it. They can also be pleased at their rising stock in mock brackets. ESPN, CBSSports and Rivals all have the Wildcats as a No. 6 seed.