For the fourth straight week the Big 12 had three teams make the cut in the polls.
Marcus Smart, a Liar?
Marcus Smart's post-game comments after knocking off 5th ranked Kansas are causing a bit of a fuss.
KU fell just three spots after Saturday night's loss to Oklahoma State. They rank 8th in both polls. The Jayhawks will wrap up the regular season against Texas Tech and West Virginia this week, but they will have to do it without their freshman phenom Joel Emiid.
#16 Iowa State
Iowa State fell at Kansas State, but the win against West Virginia earlier in the week kept them from falling in the polls. The Cyclones dropped one spot to 16th in the AP Poll, and remained at 17th in the Coaches.
Last week Texas was the third Big 12 team in the polls, but after being drummed by Oklahoma, the Sooners have replaced the Longhorns in both polls. OU will defend their ranking this week against West Virginia and TCU.
On The Outside Looking In
If the polls went to 26, Texas would still be ranked. It's been a rough stretch for the Longhorns as of late. They've lost 3 of the last 4, but with games against Texas Tech and TCU upcoming, they should be able to get some things worked out before the conference tournament.
The only other Big 12 schools receiving honorable mention are set to square off tonight in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Kansas received the second most votes for teams on the outside, but it's not going to be easy for the Wildcats to break into the polls. KSU's final two games are against Oklahoma State and Baylor.
The Cowboys made a statement against Kansas, that this team wasn't done. It looks like the nation agrees. OSU received one vote in the AP, and 4 votes in the Coaches Poll! Wins against K-State, and Iowa State this week could see the Pokes ranked in the Top 25 next week, and would all but guarantee they make the tournament of 68.
AP Top 25
|1||Florida Gators (46)||27-2||1606||1|
|2||Wichita St. Shockers||31-0||1555||2|
|3||Arizona Wildcats (5)||27-2||1514||3|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||23-6||1364||6|
|10||San Diego St. Aztecs||25-3||995||13|
|14||North Carolina Tar Heels||22-7||755||19|
|16||Iowa St. Cyclones||22-6||613||15|
|17||Saint Louis Billikens||25-4||539||10|
|21||New Mexico Lobos||23-5||338||25|
|22||Michigan St. Spartans||22-7||322||18|
Others receiving votes: Texas 70, Virginia Commonwealth 58, UCLA 45, Stephen F. Austin 38, Gonzaga 38, Kansas State 19, Saint Joseph's 19, Ohio State 17, Green Bay 13, Harvard 7, Massachusetts 5, Arizona State 5, Pittsburgh 2, Colorado 2, Xavier 2, North Carolina Central 1, Southern Miss 1, Oklahoma State 1
Dropped from rankings: Ohio State 22, Texas 24
USA Today Coaches Poll
|1||Florida Gators (25)||27-2||793||1|
|2||Wichita State Shockers (7)||31-0||769||2|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||23-6||672||7|
|10||San Diego State Aztecs||25-3||511||13|
|14||North Carolina Tar Heels||22-7||352||21|
|16||Saint Louis Billikens||25-4||293||8|
|17||Iowa St. Cyclones||22-6||277||17|
|18||Southern Methodist Univ. Mustangs||23-6||185||24|
|21||New Mexico Lobos||23-5||146||NR|
|22||Michigan State Spartans||22-7||143||18|
Others receiving votes: Texas 50, Kansas State 40, Ohio State 21, UCLA 20, Virginia Commonwealth 19, Gonzaga 10, Stephen F. Austin 9, Pittsburgh 7, Southern Miss 6, Massachusetts 4, Oklahoma State 4, Saint Joseph's 3, Harvard 1
Dropped from rankings: Ohio State 20, Texas 23