College Basketball Rankings: Kansas Jumps to No. 2 in Latest AP Poll

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Spor

College Basketball Rankings: Kansas Jumps to No. 2 in Latest AP Poll

The latest AP Poll was released this morning and the Kansas Jayhawks jumped to no. 2 following an impressive win over a top five Duke team last week in Chicago.  Heading into last week's Champions Classic matchup, Kansas seemed to have more question marks than most teams, but they might have come out of that marquee matchup with Duke with the most impressive performance.  While Michigan State has certainly earned the right to the top spot, Kansas isn't far behind.

What does it mean?  Not much of anything really.  Other than rewarding the players and the fans with a little recognition and providing a little ammo for water cooler conversation, no. 2 at this juncture is insignificant.  Kansas is young, they have a tremendous amount of talent and a great coach.  How do they respond in a game against Iona when the emotions aren't as high?  Furthermore how do they respond in other games during non-conference play while they try to further iron out their identity.

Early season wins like the one Kansas had against Duke last week are great.  The excitement surrounding the program is high, the fans are excited and Kansas is at the forefront of the media conversation because of it.  But at the end of the day it's a long season and there are going to be ups and downs.  For now Kansas sits at no. 2, but let's not forget this team has THE toughest non-conference schedule this Fall and they're going to be tested again and again.  Now they've got a bigger target on their backs and as always they'll be taking everyone's best shot.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State 3-0 1,608 2
2 Kansas 2-0 1,523 5
3 Louisville 3-0 1,511 3
4 Kentucky 3-1 1,410 1
5 Arizona 3-0 1,339 6
6 Duke 2-1 1,320 4
7 Oklahoma State 3-0 1,198 8
8 Ohio State 3-0 1,172 10
9 Syracuse 3-0 1,135 9
10 VCU 3-0 928 14
11 Memphis 1-0 871 13
12 Wisconsin 3-0 763 20
13 Gonzaga 3-0 710 15
14 Wichita State 4-0 705 16
14 Michigan 2-1 705 7
16 Florida 2-1 619 11
17 Oregon 2-0 613 18
18 Connecticut 4-0 600 19
19 New Mexico 2-0 353 22
20 Baylor 3-0 342 23
21 Iowa State 3-0 296 21
22 UCLA 2-0 291 24
23 Creighton 3-0 246 26
24 North Carolina 2-1 213 12
25 Marquette 2-1 144 17
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