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AP males’s basketball Best 25: Kansas holds on peak headed into loaded Maui Invitational

We’ve were given a really perfect week of basketball forward folks.

Banquet Week is bringing a number of giant tournaments unfold out all over the place North The us, together with the loaded Maui Invitational the place top-ranked Kansas will have to face no less than one, if now not two primary assessments in Honolulu. Regardless that closing week was once slightly calm, we will have to be told so much in regards to the school basketball panorama right through the Thanksgiving spoil.

Right here’s the whole lot you ignored in week two of the season, and the most recent Related Press males’s basketball ballot.

Kansas, Kentucky depart Chicago giant winners

Clearly, Kansas beat Kentucky closing week on the State Farm Champions Vintage.

Jayhawks switch Hunter Dickinson dropped a daft 27 issues and 21 rebounds within the win, which made him the primary participant to have this kind of stat line in opposition to a Kentucky crew previously 25 seasons. He gave the impression unstoppable inside of, and he’s one thing groups are indisputably going to fight to protect later within the season. Dajuan Harris had a career-high triple-double within the win, too, and Kevin McCullar had a triple-double. The Jayhawks indisputably proved they’re a peak crew within the nation simply two weeks into the season.

That apart, regardless that, the Wildcats regarded excellent on the United Middle. 4-star novices guards Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard regarded unbelievable — particularly Dillingham, who dropped 16 issues within the first part. They led Kansas by way of double-digits past due and confirmed unbelievable promise for a tender crew that trainer John Calipari must have a powerful season after his newest struggles.

Kentucky, which opened the season at No. 17, moved up a place this week to No. 16 in spite of the loss. Whilst they couldn’t determine it out in opposition to Kansas this time, Calipari has a gaggle that’s able to making some other run down the stretch. We noticed flashes of it this week, and we’re positive to look it once more.

Duke beat Michigan State within the different sport of the Champions Vintage. The Blue Devils moved to stayed at No. 9 this week within the ballot, whilst Michigan State — which fell to James Madison of their season opener — dropped to No. 21.

Outdoor of Chicago, there have been a couple of different notable losses this week. Arkansas fell to UNC Greensboro on Friday evening, and dropped from No. 14 to No. 20 on this week’s ballot. Florida Atlantic fell to Bryant on Saturday in what was once Bryant’s first ever win in opposition to a ranked opponent. The Owls fell from No. 10 to No. 19 this week. USC, regardless that they recovered with a win over Brown, fell to UC Irvine in a coarse time out on Tuesday. The Trojans fell seven spots to No. 23.

Five of the top 11 teams in the country will compete in Hawaii this week, including Kansas, Purdue and Marquette.

Easiest Maui Invitational Ever?

It’s now Banquet Week, and we’ve were given possibly the most productive Maui Invitational ever — or no less than in contemporary reminiscence — bobbing up.

The vintage Thanksgiving week event was once moved from Maui to the island of O’ahu because of the wildfires on Maui previous this 12 months. 5 of the 8 groups within the box are ranked within the peak 11 within the nation. UCLA and Syracuse, along side host Chaminade, are there too and will completely dangle their very own.

Kansas will open with Chaminade, a Department-II faculty which holds an all-time document of 8-95 within the event. The winner of that sport will tackle both UCLA or No. X Marquette, which is again within the event for the primary time since 2017. The Golden Eagles are 3-0 this season and are contemporary off a large win over Illinois closing week.

Then at the different facet, No. 7 Tennessee will open with Syracuse. The winner of that sport will tackle both No. 2 Purdue and reigning Nationwide Participant of the 12 months Zach Edey or No. 11 Gonzaga, who will sq. off on Monday evening.

In idea, if Kansas or Purdue can get throughout the event unscathed, they’ll completely set themselves with the exception of the remainder of the rustic. With how excellent the sphere is, regardless that, that’s nearly by no means going to occur. This week goes to be a combat and will have to produce a lot of nice video games.

There’s a number of different packed tournaments this week, too, together with the Struggle 4 Atlantis — which has No. 14 North Carolina, Villanova, Michigan and Memphis, amongst others. The ESPN Occasions Invitational begins on Thursday, and has Penn State, Texas A&M, No. 19 FAU and Iowa State, amongst others. And No. 21 Michigan State and No. 3 Arizona will move face to face within the Acrisure Vintage in Southern California on Thanksgiving.

Video games to look at this week

*Impartial Website Sport

Nov. 20

No. 2 Purdue at No. 11 Gonzaga | 5 p.m. ET | ESPN2 *

No. 5 UConn at No. 15 Texas | 7 p.m. ET | ESPNU *

UCLA at No. 4 Marquette | 11:30 p.m. | ESPN2 *

Nov. 21

No. 7 Tennessee/Syracuse vs. No. 2 Purdue/No. 11 Gonzaga | 8 p.m. ET | ESPN *

No. 1 Kansas/Chaminade vs. UCLA/No. 4 Marquette | 10:30 p.m. ET | ESPN *

Nov. 22

Maui Invitational Championship Sport | 5 p.m. ET | ESPN*

Nov. 23

No. 21 Michigan State at No. 3 Arizona | 4 p.m. ET | Fox *

AP Best 25

The overall AP Best 25 ballot from Nov. 20, 2023

1. Kansas (3-0)

2. Purdue (3-0)

3. Arizona (5-0)

4. Marquette (3-0)

5. UConn (4-0)

6. Houston (6-0)

7. Tennessee (3-0)

8. Creighton (4-0)

9. Duke (3-1)

10. Miami (5-0)

11. Gonzaga (2-0)

12. Texas A&M (4-0)

13. Baylor (4-0)

14. North Carolina (3-0)

15. Texas (4-0)

16. Kentucky (3-1)

17. Alabama (4-0)

18. Colorado (3-0)

19. Florida Atlantic (2-1)

20. Arkansas (3-1)

21. Michigan State (3-2)

22. James Madison (4-0)

23. USC (3-1)

24. Virginia (4-0)

25. Mississippi State (5-0)

Others Receiving Votes: Memphis 149, BYU 138, Illinois 138, San Diego St. 77, UCLA 75, TCU 69, Iowa St. 67, Villanova 44, Auburn 28, Clemson 12, Oklahoma 10, Princeton 10, Michigan 10, Liberty 7, South Carolina 3, Chattanooga 2, Nevada 1, Drake 1, Colorado St. 1.


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