It is a little bit odd to see two teams win a share of the conference title and then fall in the polls, but that is what the Kansas and Kansas State managed to do after both lost on the road this weekend.
After losing to Baylor on Saturday, the Jayhawks fell slightly in the polls to 7th (AP) and 6th (Coaches). KU will play the winner of West Virginia and Texas A&M on Thursday afternoon. If the Jayhawks win they will then play the winner over Oklahoma and Iowa State at 6:30 on Thursday. Baring an upset early in the tournament Kansas is a solid lock for at least a two seed and will play the first weekend of the NCAA’s in Kansas City. They could lock up a one seed if the win the Big 12 tournament and could end up with a one seed by just making it to the championship game depending on what everyone around the nation does.
Voters didn’t penalize K-State too much either for losing at Oklahoma State, falling to 11th (AP) and 12th (Coaches). The Wildcats are ranked high enough to be considered a three seed but current projections have them listed as a four seed in the NCAA tournament. A trip to the conference finals should be enough to secure a three seed, but that would require beating either Oklahoma State or Baylor one more time. Kansas State will play the winner of Texas and TCU on Thursday.
Missouri received five votes in the coaches poll even though they lost to Tennessee.
Gonzaga remains number one in both polls for the second consecutive week. Duke, Indiana, Louisville, and Georgetown round out the top five in both polls.
AP top 10
1. Gonzaga (54)
2. Duke (11)
8. Michigan State
9. Miami (Fla.)
10. Ohio State
Others of note: 11. Kansas State, 13. Florida, 14. Oklahoma State
USA Today Coaches poll top 10
1. Gonzaga (29)
2. Duke (2)
7. Michigan State
9. Ohio State
10. Miami (Fla.)
Others of note: 11. Florida, 12. Kansas State, 15. Oklahoma State, Missouri (5)