Texas center James Banks (4) dunks over Eastern Washington's Bogdan Bliznyuk during a NCAA college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

AP Men’s basketball poll: Texas on the move

Posted November 21st, 2016

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Texas saw a small, positive, move in the Associated Press Top 25  men’s basketball poll this week.

The Longhorns (3-0) moved up one spot in the rankings released Monday to No. 22, just behind three other Big 12 teams, Iowa State (21), Baylor (20) and West Virginia (19).

Texas is one of five Big 12 teams ranked in the poll. Kansas, the highest-ranked Big 12 teams, was in at No. 5.

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The Longhorns takes on Northwestern in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn today and will either play Notre Dame or Colorado on Tuesday.

Kentucky moves into the No. 1 spot in the poll, replacing Duke, which dropped to sixth following its final-seconds loss to the Jayhawks in the Champions Classic.

The Wildcats (4-0), who also beat then-No. 13 Michigan State in the Champions Classic, received 42 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky was ranked No. 1 for two weeks last season.

Defending national champion Villanova (5-0) moved up one spot to second with 21 No. 1 votes following a four-win week that included one at then-No. 15 Purdue.

Indiana (3-0), which moved up three places to third, received the other two first-place votes. This is the Hoosiers’ highest ranking since they were third in the next-to-last poll of 2012-13.

North Carolina moved up one place to fourth and was followed by Kansas, Duke, Virginia, Arizona, Xavier and Louisville.

Gonzaga jumped three spots to 11th and was followed by Creighton and Oregon, which fell from No. 4 to 13th after losing to Baylor.

UCLA was No. 14 followed by Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin, Purdue, Syracuse, West Virginia and newcomer Baylor.

The last six are Iowa State, Texas, Rhode Island, Michigan State, Michigan and Florida State. Michigan and Florida State, the week’s other newcomers, tied for 25th.

The Atlantic Coast Conference leads with six ranked teams while the Big Ten and Big 12 have five each.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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