Houston Jumps Kansas in Latest Top 25

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The Associated Press (AP) released its latest men’s college basketball rankings on Monday, and there are some changes at the top.

Undefeated Houston has jumped Kansas for the No.2 ranking behind No.1. Purdue after Kasas’s nail-biting win over TCU on Saturday. Houston will come to DFW to face the Horned Frogs this weekend, and No.9 Oklahoma also comes to town this week.

Baylor and Texas are the only other in-state schools featured in the Top 25 at No.14 and No. 25, respectively. The Bears beat Cornell and Oklahoma State last week and will face No.18 BYU on Tuesday, while the Longhorns clung to the final ranking after a loss to Texas Tech.

Also of note, Marquette and Duke are tied at No.11, and Memphis rose two spots to 13th after holding off SMU on Sunday.

Utah State and San Diego State joined the rankings, while James Madison dropped out following its first loss. Ole Miss and Providence also fell out of the poll.

The Big 12 continues to have the country’s most ranked teams, with six (Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma, Baylor, BYU, and Texas).

Auburn made the biggest jump this week, rising from No.25 to No.16, while Florida Atlantic dropped seven spots.

Here is this week’s full Top 25 from the AP:

1. Purdue Boilermakers (14-1)

2. Houston Cougars (14-0)

3. Kansas Jayhawks (13-1)

4. UConn Huskies (13-2)

5. Tennessee Volunteers (11-3)

6. Kentucky Wildcats (11-2)

7. North Carolina Tar Heels (11-3)

8. Arizona Wildcats (12-3)

9. Oklahoma Sooners (13-1)

10. Illinois Fighting Illini (11-3)

11. Marquette Golden Eagles (11-4)

11. Duke Blue Devils (11-3)

13. Memphis Tigers (13-2)

14. Baylor Bears (12-2)

15. Wisconsin Badgers (11-3)

16. Auburn Tigers (12-2)

17. Colorado State Rams (13-2)

18. BYU Cougars (12-2)

19. San Diego State Aztecs (13-2)

20. Utah State Aggies (14-1)

21. Clemson Tigers (11-3)

22. Creighton Bluejays (11-4)

23. Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-4)

24. Florida Atlantic Owls (11-4)

25. Texas Longhorns (11-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Dayton 126, Mississippi 125, James Madison 98, Cincinnati 79, Nevada 77, Texas Tech 62, Wake Forest 38, Grand Canyon 35, Seton Hall 34, South Carolina 29, Miami 27, St. John’s 18, Iowa St. 16, Colorado 8, NC State 7, Michigan St. 7, Alabama 7, Providence 6, Oregon 4, TCU 3, Northwestern 3, Princeton 2, Utah 2.

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