Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State returns to AP, coaches basketball polls at No. 25

Wichita State is back in the Associated Press top 25 poll for the first time since late in the 2015-16 season.
Wichita State is back in the Associated Press top 25 poll for the first time since late in the 2015-16 season. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall holds his weekly press conference. WSU cracked the top 25 for the first time on Monday as the Shockers prepare for their final home game against Evansville on Tuesday. (Video by Bo Rader / Kansas.com)

A 10-game win streak lifted Wichita State back into the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll on Monday.

The Shockers received 153 votes, up from 87 a week ago.

WSU’s previous appearance in the poll, also at No. 25, was on Feb. 5, 2016.

The Shockers received votes in each of the three previous polls and stood one spot out the past two weeks.

The Shockers are also No. 25 in the USA Today coaches poll. That poll last ranked WSU on Feb. 29, 2016, at No. 23.

Kansas remains No. 3 in the AP poll.

WSU (25-4, 15-1 Missouri Valley Conference) plays host to Evansville (14-15, 5-11) on Tuesday in its final regular-season home game.

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall shared his thoughts on his team's win over Northern Iowa, and spoke at length on the debate about whether or not the Shockers are worthy of an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

The Top Twenty Five

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Gonzaga (59)

28-0

1618

1

2. Villanova (5)

26-2

1556

2

3. Kansas (1)

24-3

1503

3

4. Arizona

25-3

1356

5

5. UCLA

24-3

1316

6

6. Oregon

24-4

1297

7

7. Louisville

22-5

1267

8

8. North Carolina

23-5

1138

10

9. Baylor

22-5

1108

4

10. Duke

22-5

1014

12

11. Kentucky

22-5

943

13

12. West Virginia

21-6

908

9

13. Florida

22-5

822

15

14. Purdue

22-5

807

16

15. Cincinnati

24-3

733

18

16. Wisconsin

22-5

713

11

17. SMU

24-4

554

19

18. Virginia

18-8

427

14

19. Florida State

21-6

419

17

20. Saint Mary’s

24-3

375

22

21. Notre Dame

21-7

322

25

22. Butler

21-6

295

24

23. Creighton

22-5

178

20

24. Maryland

22-5

159

23

25. Wichita State

25-4

153

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Others receiving votes: VCU 39, Northwestern 25, Iowa State 22, South Carolina 12, Southern Cal 10, Dayton 9, Middle Tennessee 8, Oklahoma State 7, Minnesota 5, Miami 2, Monmouth (N.J.) 2, Michigan 1, Vermont 1, Virginia Tech 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll

The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 19, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Pvs

1. Gonzaga (29)

28-0

797

1

2. Villanova (3)

26-2

768

2

3. Kansas

24-3

738

3

4. Arizona

25-3

665

6

5. UCLA

24-3

654

5

6. Louisville

22-5

620

7

7. Oregon

24-4

618

8

8. North Carolina

23-5

566

9

9. Baylor

22-5

534

4

10. Kentucky

22-5

493

11

11. Duke

22-5

446

14

12. Florida

22-5

421

13

13. West Virginia

21-6

413

12

14. Purdue

22-5

392

16

15. Wisconsin

22-5

354

10

16. Cincinnati

24-3

331

17

17. Notre Dame

21-7

250

20

18. Saint Mary’s

24-3

211

21

19. Virginia

18-8

196

15

20. Florida State

21-6

195

18

21. SMU

24-4

186

23

22. Butler

21-6

153

25

23. Creighton

22-5

111

22

24. Maryland

22-5

95

24

25. Wichita State

25-4

52

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Others receiving votes: South Carolina 37, Southern Cal 26, Northwestern 19, Iowa State 15, Miami 11, Xavier 11, Middle Tennessee 10, Dayton 6, California 4, Kansas State 1, VCU 1.

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