After a non-conference stretch that challenged the Jayhawks and sent them from a no. 2 ranking all the way down to no. 18, Kansas is starting to recover. Early on the voters saw the potential in Kansas and probably gave them a little too much credit, as did everyone else, for beating a Duke team that in all reality has a lot of holes. After a rough stretch that included four tough losses away from Allen Fieldhouse, the ship seems appears to be moving in the right direction.
With a solid road win against a now ranked Oklahoma team and an impressive home court dismantling of a ranked Kansas State team, the Jayhawks have moved up to no. 15 and have a chance tonight to take on a top 10 opponent on the road in Iowa State. The opening stretch of league play isn't likely to end without a few lumps, but at the very least this Jayhawk team appears to be pulling together just a little bit more since the start of January. One step at a time, tonight will tell us a lot more.
AP Top 25
|1||Arizona Wildcats (61)||17-0||1,621|
|2||Syracuse Orange (4)||16-0||1,560|
|4||Michigan St. Spartans||15-1||1,442|
|5||Wichita St. Shockers||17-0||1,300|
|8||Iowa St. Cyclones||14-1||1,048|
|9||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||14-2||1,046|
|10||San Diego St. Aztecs||14-1||1,020|
|11||Ohio St. Buckeyes||15-2||979|
|23||Duke Blue Devils||12-4||193|
|24||Saint Louis Billikens||15-2||148|