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Kansas storms back into top 10 in AP poll

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) elevates for a three over Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski (21) during the second half on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) elevates for a three over Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski (21) during the second half on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. by Nick Krug

Kansas moved back into the top 10 in the Associated Press college basketball poll released today.

After scoring victories in Sacramento vs. Stanford and at Texas, the Jayhawks moved from No. 11 to No. 10, giving the Big 12 three top 10 schools and the state of Kansas two schools in the top 10.

The top 25 with the five Big 12 teams listed in bold type:

1 — Michigan State (14-1)

2 - Duke (13-1)

3 - Villanova (13-1)

4 - Arizona State (12-1)

5 - Xavier (14-1)

6 - West Virginia (12-1)

7 - Oklahoma (11-1)

8 - Virginia (12-1)

9 - Wichita State (11-2)

10 - Kansas (11-2)

11 - Texas A&M (11-2)

12 - North Carolina (12-2)

13 - Purdue (13-2)

14 - Arizona (11-3)

15 - Miami (Fla.) (12-1)

16 - TCU (12-1)

17 - Kentucky (11-2)

18 - Texas Tech (12-1)

19 (tie) - Gonzaga (12-3)

19 (tie) — Cincinnati (12-2)

21 - Seton Hall (13-2)

22 - Arkansas (11-2)

23 - Tennessee (9-3)

24 - Florida State (11-2)

25 - Clemson (12-1)

After a one-sided loss to Texas Tech, injury-weakened Baylor dropped out of the top 25 and is first among others receiving votes.

Even though this season's pre-conference schedule was not as difficult as usual, KU still will face no shortage of quality competition this season.

Kansas is 1-1 vs. teams currently ranked in the top 25 with a victory against Kentucky and a loss to Arizona State and has nine remaining scheduled games vs. current top 25 schools, including a tough test vs. No. 11 Texas A&M in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, Jan. 27 in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU had made it as high as No. 2 in the poll four weeks ago and then dropped out of the 10 in the rankings the next week, to No. 13, and dipped as low as No. 14 before returning to the top 10 today for the first time since a No. 2 ranking with a 7-0 record.

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