AP Best 25 males’s basketball ballot: Kansas, Marquette slumping on the incorrect time as Houston holds at No. 1

AP Best 25 males’s basketball ballot: Kansas, Marquette slumping on the incorrect time as Houston holds at No. 1

Smartly, we’ve made it to March and the overall week of the common season.

Right here’s the entirety you overlooked in Week 17 of the season and, with the main convention tournaments only a week away, the final related Related Press males’s basketball ballot.

Marquette is also in bother.

After taking a look like an overly cast select to overthrow UConn within the Giant East all season, the Golden Eagles are actually down Tyler Kolek with simply two video games to head.

Kolek, the college mentioned Monday, will leave out their final two video games of the common season because of an indirect damage he first sustained final week in a win over Windfall. The guard is averaging 15 issues according to recreation this season whilst making 40% of his 3-pointers, and has been large in retaining Marquette within the dialog all 12 months.

But on Saturday with out him, Creighton flew previous Marquette. The Bluejays, who additionally snapped UConn’s lengthy win streak final month, driven forward past due to snatch an 89-75 win in Omaha. That jumped Creighton to No. 10 this week. Because of this, Marquette fell to No. 8.

Only one loss shouldn’t be a subject matter, however the remainder of Marquette’s common season received’t be simple. They now must host the Huskies — who jumped over Purdue to No. 2 this week after clinching the common season convention name — with out Kolek on Wednesday. The final time the 2 colleges squared off, UConn cruised to a dominant 28-point blowout win.

Whilst Marquette’s good fortune isn’t focused round only one participant, the losses may temporarily stack up for the Golden Eagles. That would make a Giant East match run particularly tough subsequent week.

Kansas has lost two straight games headed into a rivalry matchup with Kansas State and a battle with top-ranked Houston this week

Will have to we be frightened about Kansas?

In truth, almost certainly.

Kansas is slipping on the absolute worst time. The Jayhawks dropped a house recreation to BYU first final week, which snapped a 19-game win streak at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Then on Saturday morning, Baylor flew forward past due handy Kansas a moment directly loss in Waco.

Whilst there are nonetheless two video games left within the common season, the loss formally implies that this Kansas crew could have the worst convention report of the Invoice Self generation.

Because of this, Kansas fell seven spots to No. 14 on this week’s ballot. Baylor, which beat TCU earlier than beating Kansas, jumped as much as No. 11 this week. The Bears take a seat in 3rd within the Giant 12 standings at the back of top-ranked Houston and No. 6 Iowa State. The Cougars held onto the No. 1 rating after a last-second win at Oklahoma on Saturday evening.

Whilst it’s now not all the time good to wager towards Self, Kansas has a tricky stretch to near the season earlier than the Giant 12 match kicks off subsequent week. The Jayhawks should host in-state rival Kansas State on Tuesday evening, which is certain to be a tricky matchup, earlier than touring to Houston on Saturday. With out no less than one win in the ones two video games, it’s onerous to believe Kansas creating a deep run in both the Giant 12 match — which they’ll have a miles decrease seed at now than first of all concept — or the NCAA match.

Video games to look at this week

Tuesday, March 5

No. 3 Purdue at No. 12 Illinois | 7 p.m. ET | Peacock

No. 16 Alabama at Florida | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN

Kansas State at No. 14 Kansas | 9 p.m. ET

Wednesday, March 6

No. 1 Houston at UCF | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN+

No. 4 Tennessee at No. 17 South Carolina | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN2

No. 2 UConn at No. 8 Marquette | 8:30 p.m. ET | FS1

Thursday, March 7

Washington at No. 18 Washington State | 9 p.m. ET | FS1

Saturday, March 9

No. 14 Kansas at No. 1 Houston | 4 p.m. ET | ESPN

No. 15 Kentucky at No. 4 Tennessee | 4 p.m. ET | CBS

No. 7 North Carolina at No. 9 Duke | 6:30 p.m. ET | ESPN

Sunday, March 10

Wisconsin at No. 3 Purdue | 12:30 p.m. ET | Fox

AP Best 25

The total AP Best 25 ballot from March 4, 2024

1. Houston (26-3)

2. UConn (26-3)

3. Purdue (26-3)

4. Tennessee (23-6)

5. Arizona (23-6)

6. Iowa State (23-6)

7. North Carolina (23-6)

8. Marquette (22-7)

9. Duke (23-6)

10. Creighton (22-8)

11. Baylor (21-8)

12. Illinois (22-7)

13. Auburn (22-7)

14. Kansas (21-8)

15. Kentucky (21-8)

16. Alabama (20-9)

17. South Carolina (24-5)

18. Washington State (23-7)

19. Gonzaga (24-6)

20. BYU (21-8)

21. San Diego State (22-7)

22. Utah State (24-5)

23. Saint Mary’s (24-7)

24. South Florida (22-5)

25. Dayton (22-6)

Others Receiving Votes: Nevada 42, Florida 39, Boise St. 26, Texas 10, Texas Tech 10, Indiana St 9, Appalachian St 6, New Mexico 5, FAU 4, James Madison 4, Princeton 3, Michigan St. 2, Villanova 2, Colorado St. 2, McNeese St. 2, Richmond 1