Two straight losses dropped Wichita State to No. 17 in the latest Associated Press rankings, but the Shockers remained a ranked team for the 16th straight week.
It was a 10-spot plummet after WSU fell 83-78 to SMU at home last Wednesday and 73-59 at Houston over the weekend. The Shockers are 15-4 and tied with Houston for second place in the American Athletic Conference at 5-2.
The top three teams remained unchanged with Villanova (18-1), Virginia (18-1), and Purdue (19-3), while Duke (17-2) and Kansas (16-3) moved up to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Cincinnati (17-2) has won 10 straight games and has moved up three spots to No. 9 as the AAC’s highest-ranked team.
No. 17 Wichita State will try to bounce back at home this week, as it plays Central Florida (13-6, 4-3 AAC) at Koch Arena on Thursday and then a rematch with Tulsa (11-9, 4-4) on Sunday.
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