Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State 14th, Kansas 11th in AP basketball rankings

Evansville’s D.J. Balentine (31) goes up for a shot against Wichita State’s Shaquille Morris (24) and Tekele Cotton (32) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Evansville, Ind. Wichita State won 61-41. (AP Photo/Daniel R. Patmore)
Evansville’s D.J. Balentine (31) goes up for a shot against Wichita State’s Shaquille Morris (24) and Tekele Cotton (32) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Evansville, Ind. Wichita State won 61-41. (AP Photo/Daniel R. Patmore) AP

Wichita State and Kansas both dropped in the Associated Press men’s basketball top 25 poll.

The Shockers fell one spot to No. 14, despite a six-game win streak, the last four by 12 points for more. Kansas dropped two spots to No. 11 after Saturday’s loss at No. 9 Iowa State. The Jayhawks and Cyclones switched spots in Monday’s poll.

WSU moved up one spot to No. 13 in the USA Today coaches poll. Kansas, after Saturday’s loss at Iowa State, dropped four spots to No. 14.

WSU (16-2) plays at Missouri State on Wednesday. The Jayhawks (14-3) play No. 19 Okahoma on Monday.

Northern Iowa moved up three spots to No. 20.

WSU remained in the AP poll for a 31st consecutive week, a program record. The Shockers appeared in 20 straight polls during the 1963-64 and 1964-65 seasons.

RPI report — According to warrennolan.com, four MVC teams are in the top 100 of the power rankings (RPI): No. 10 Wichita State, No. 21 Northern Iowa, No. 77 Loyola and No. 93 Evansville.

No. 111 Illinois, No. 52 earlier this season, dropped out of the top 100, largely due to two losses to Indiana State. The Sycamores improved from a low of No. 296 to No. 193.

Bracket update — NCAA Tournament brackets projections are also a bright spot for the MVC.

Both Jerry Palm (CBSSports.com) and Joe Lunardi (ESPN.com) slot the Shockers as a No. 4 seed, a status that should keep them as close to home as possible for the first weekend of the tournament. Should WSU remain one of the top four seeds in a region, its likely destination is Omaha for a March 20 game.

Palm and Lunardi project UNI as a No. 7 seed.

WSU’s non-conference opponents are also well-represented in the mock brackets. Palm projects Utah (No. 4 seed), Seton Hall (No. 6), George Washington (No. 11), Tulsa (No. 11), Alabama (No. 12) and New Mexico State (No. 16) as part of the field.

Lunardi moved Kansas State into his bracket as a No. 12 seed. Palm does not include the Wildcats. Kansas is a No. 2 seed in Palm’s projection and a No. 3 seed in Lunardi’s, meaning the Jayhawks could also play in Omaha.

The Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 18, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Kentucky (63)

17-0

1,623

1

2. Virginia (2)

17-0

1,562

2

3. Gonzaga

18-1

1,467

3

4. Villanova

17-1

1,429

5

5. Duke

15-2

1,345

4

6. Wisconsin

16-2

1,282

7

7. Arizona

16-2

1,228

10

8. Notre Dame

17-2

1,055

12

9. Iowa St.

13-3

1,004

11

10. Louisville

15-3

1,003

6

11. Kansas

14-3

943

9

12. Utah

14-3

940

8

13. Maryland

17-2

937

14

14. Wichita St.

16-2

857

13

15. North Carolina

14-4

803

15

16. VCU

15-3

670

17

17. Texas

13-4

554

20

18. West Virginia

15-3

501

16

19. Oklahoma

12-5

445

18

20. N. Iowa

16-2

387

23

21. Baylor

13-4

260

22

22. Dayton

15-2

241

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23. Indiana

14-4

93

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24. Seton Hall

13-4

91

21

25. Iowa

13-5

85

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Others receiving votes: Oklahoma St. 47, Miami 41, San Diego St. 34, Georgetown 33, Stanford 31, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 18, Providence 17, Colorado St. 16, Arkansas 15, Georgia 13, Butler 11, SMU 11, Michigan St. 8, LSU 6, Old Dominion 5, Wyoming 4, Ohio St. 3, Louisiana Tech 2, Tennessee 2, George Washington 1, St. John’s 1, Washington 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 Jan. 18, 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. Kentucky (31)

17-0

799

1

2. Virginia (1)

17-0

768

2

3. Gonzaga

18-1

723

3

4. Villanova

17-1

697

5

5. Wisconsin

16-2

654

6

6. Duke

15-2

653

4

7. Arizona

16-2

602

9

8. Maryland

17-2

514

11

9. Notre Dame

17-2

504

12

10. Louisville

15-3

502

7

11. Utah

14-3

473

8

12. Iowa State

13-3

443

13

13. Wichita State

16-2

424

14

14. Kansas

14-3

422

10

15. North Carolina

14-4

390

16

16. VCU

15-3

317

17

17. West Virginia

15-3

273

15

18. Texas

13-4

233

20

19. Northern Iowa

16-2

202

22

20. Oklahoma

12-5

195

18

21. Baylor

13-4

120

23

22. Dayton

15-2

100

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23. Indiana

14-4

56

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24. Seton Hall

13-4

40

21

25. Stanford

13-4

33

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Others receiving votes: Arkansas 29, San Diego State 28, Iowa 27, Colorado State 26, Oklahoma State 24, Michigan State 17, Ohio State 15, Wyoming 14, Miami 13, SMU 12, Georgetown 11, Old Dominion 11, Butler 5, N.C. State 5, Saint Mary’s 5, Mississippi 4, Providence 4, Valparaiso 4, Kansas State 3, Stephen F. Austin 3, LSU 2, St. John’s 1.

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