College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1


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College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
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Kansas trailed Kansas State by 17 points with 18:53 left on Saturday. It was a road game in a hostile environment against an in-state rival. Teams don't usually come back from that.

Somehow, though, Kansas did.

The Jayhawks outscored KSU 42-22 in the final 18-plus minutes to escape Bramlage Coliseum with a 78-75 victory, improving KU to 14-1 in its past 15 games against Bruce Weber's Wildcats. Kansas is now 30-5 all-time at Bramlage Coliseum.

"[Kansas State] should have won today," Kansas coach Bill Self told reporters afterward. "They controlled the game. They were better than us."

The game represented the end of a draining week for Self, who lost his father, Bill Self Sr., after a long illness on Friday. The Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach was understandably emotional when addressing his players in the locker room after the win. 

"We knew it meant a lot," said Kansas wing Ochai Agbaji, who scored KU's final six points and finished with a team-high 29. "We went out in the second half and battled. I'm glad that we could get the win for him."

The come-from-behind victory pushed the Jayhawks' record to 16-2 overall, 5-1 in the Big 12. They're now 9-2 in the first two quadrants with wins over Michigan State and Iowa State.  They'll take a four-game winning streak into Monday's game with Texas Tech.

Kansas remains No. 4 in Sunday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings, where Auburn is No. 1 for the 12th consecutive day. Barring a surprise, Bruce Pearl's Tigers — fresh off of a win over Kentucky — will also move to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday for the first time in school history.

Top 25 And 1 rankings

 
1
Auburn
Auburn is 10-1 in the first two quadrants and on a 15-game winning streak. The Tigers' next game is Tuesday at Missouri. -- 18-1
2
Gonzaga
Gonzaga has won eight straight games since losing to Alabama. The Zags' next game is Thursday against Loyola Marymount. -- 15-2
3
Baylor
Baylor leads the nation with seven Quadrant 1 wins and is 9-2 in the first two quadrants. The Bears' next game is Tuesday against Kansas State. -- 17-2
4
Kansas
Kansas' four-game winning streak features three Quadrant 1 wins. The Jayhawks' next game is Monday against Texas Tech. -- 16-2
5
Arizona
Arizona's only loss is a single-digit loss at Tennessee. The Wildcats' next game is Sunday at California. -- 15-1
6
Michigan St.
Michigan State is 10-1 in its past 11 games with the highlight being a win at Wisconsin. The Spartans' next game is Tuesday at Illinois. -- 15-3
7
Houston
Houston's nine-game winning streak features seven double-digit victories. The Cougars' next game is Saturday at UCF. -- 17-2
8
Purdue
Purdue is 6-3 in the first two quadrants with wins over Villanova and Illinois. The Boilermakers' next game is Sunday against Northwestern. -- 15-3
9
Kentucky
Kentucky's four losses have all come in Quadrant 1 games away from home. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against Mississippi State. -- 15-4
10
Wisconsin
Wisconsin is 10-3 in the first two quadrants with wins over Purdue, Houston, Ohio State and Marquette. The Badgers' next game is Thursday at Nebraska. -- 15-3
11
UCLA
UCLA is 6-2 in the first two quadrants thanks to a three-game winning streak highlighted by a victory at Colorado. The Bruins' next game is Tuesday against Arizona. -- 13-2
12
Villanova
Villanova is 7-1 in its past eight games with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Marquette. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against DePaul. 1 14-5
13
Texas Tech
Texas Tech is 5-1 in its past six games with wins over Baylor, Kansas and Iowa State. The Red Raiders' next game is Monday at Kansas. 1 15-4
14
Duke
Duke is 4-3 in the first two quadrants with losses to Miami and Florida State. The Blue Devils' next game is Tuesday against Clemson. 2 15-3
15
LSU
LSU is 2-3 since losing Xavier Pinson to a knee injury that he's expected to return from soon. The Tigers' next game is Wednesday against Texas A&M. 3 15-4
16
Xavier
Xavier's 7-3 record in the first two quadrants includes five Quadrant 2 wins. The Musketeers' next game is Sunday at Marquette. 1 14-3
17
USC
USC's 6-2 record in the first two quadrants is highlighted by a win over San Diego State. The Trojans' next game is Monday against Arizona State. 1 16-2
18
Ohio St.
Ohio State's 5-4 record in the first quadrants includes zero losses outside of Quadrant 1. The Buckeyes' next game is Thursday at Minnesota. 1 12-4
19
Providence
Providence's 4-1 Quadrant 1 record includes wins over Wisconsin and Texas Tech. The Friars' next game is Sunday against Butler. 1 15-2
20
BYU
BYU is 7-1 in its past eight games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Gonzaga. The Cougars' next game is Thursday at Santa Clara. 2 17-4
21
Tennessee
Tennessee's 5-5 record in the first two quadrants includes zero losses outside of Quadrant 1. The Vols' next game is Wednesday against Florida. 4 13-5
22
Connecticut
UConn is 4-4 in the first two quadrants and the only team with a win over Auburn. The Huskies' next game is Tuesday against Georgetown. 1 13-4
23
Iowa St.
Iowa State is 2-5 in its past seven games but still above .500 in the first two quadrants. The Cyclones' next game is Wednesday at Oklahoma State. 8 14-5
24
Davidson
Davidson is 3-2 in the first two quadrants and on a 15-game winning streak. The Wildcats' next game is Wednesday against VCU. -- 16-2
25
Marquette
Marquette is 6-6 in the first two quadrants and on a five-game winning streak highlighted by a victory at Villanova. The Golden Eagles' next game is Sunday against Xavier. 1 13-6
26
Colorado St.
Colorado State is 4-1 in the first two quadrants with the lone loss coming at San Diego State. The Rams' next game is Tuesday against Nevada. NR 15-1
College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1
  • College basketball rankings: Kansas avoids upset at K-State, maintains top-five status in Top 25 And 1