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K-State basketball earns national ranking in latest Top 25 poll

Kansas State is back in the Top 25.

The Wildcats returned to the national rankings on Monday, checking in at No. 18, after falling out of the polls in December.

It’s been an interesting path to this point for K-State. The Wildcats opened the season ranked No. 12 and stayed there when they won their first seven games, but then fell out of the top 25 following back-to-back losses to Marquette and Tulsa. K-State then fell off the national radar when Dean Wade missed six games with a foot injury and the team lost its first two Big 12 games. But the Cats have thrived since he returned to the lineup.

K-State (18-5, 8-2 Big 12) has won eight consecutive conference games and currently sits atop the league standings as March approaches.

Other Big 12 teams in the latest top 25 include Kansas (No. 14), Texas Tech (No. 15) and Iowa State (No. 23). TCU and Texas barely missed out on a national ranking, landing in the others-receiving-votes category.

The Wildcats are next in action on Tuesday at Texas.

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Kellis Robinett covers Kansas State athletics for The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star. A winner of more than a dozen national writing awards, he lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.