Kansas out of Top 25 for first time in 12 years

Kansas fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in 12 years in the most recent poll, released Monday.

The Jayhawks have dropped five straight games on the road, including Saturday’s 91-79 loss at No. 17 West Virginia. Their record streak of 231 consecutive weeks in the poll is over.

The status quo continued at the top of the poll, with No. 1 Gonzaga (18-0) and No. 2 Baylor (17-0) retaining the top two spots. The Bulldogs received 55 of the 63 first-place votes, with the Bears garneting the remainder.

Moving up in the top 10 were Michigan (13-1), which rose to No. 3, followed by No. 4 Ohio State (15-4). Villanova fell two spots to No. 5 following its 70-59 loss to St. John’s.

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The Buckeyes moved up three spots — one of four big risers in the Top 10.

Their Big Ten rival, Illinois (13-5), climbed six spots to No. 6, followed by Texas Tech (14-5), which also moved up six places. No. 8 Houston (16-2) fell three notches, followed by Virginia (13-3), up five spots, and Missouri (13-3), which skyrocketed from No. 18 to No. 10.

In the next group of five, only West Virginia (13-5) climbed up the poll, moving from No. 17 to No. 14. No. 11 Alabama (15-5), No. 12 Oklahoma (12-5), No. 13 Texas (11-5) and No. 15 Iowa (13-6) all dropped out of the Top 10.

Joining the poll were No. 20 Southern California (15-3), No. 22 Loyola Chicago (17-3), No. 23 Oklahoma State (12-5) and No. 25 Rutgers (11-6).

For three of those teams, it’s a notable moment.

Loyola Chicago hasn’t been in the Top 25 since the 1984-85 season. It’s the first time for Oklahoma State since February 2015, and a first for USC since February 2017.

Exiting the poll in addition to Kansas were UCLA, Florida and Drake.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)