Kansas Men's Basketball No. 13 in Associated Press Preseason Poll

Oct. 28, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball is No. 13 in the Associated Press (AP) Poll released Friday, marking the 20th time in the last 21 seasons dating back to 1991-92, the Jayhawks have been ranked in the AP’s preseason rankings. Last week, Kansas entered the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Preseason Poll No. 13 as well.

Kansas is the seven-time defending Big 12 men’s basketball champion entering the 2011-12 season. The Jayhawks have won or tied for 11 of the 15 Big 12 regular-season titles and eight postseason titles. KU returns one starter and eight letterwinners from last season’s 35-3 team, which went 14-2 in the conference season and won the Big 12 regular-season title, the conference postseason championship and advanced to the regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

Last season, KU entered the year No. 7 nationally and held the spot for all but three of the AP polls. The Jayhawks ended the year No. 2 (note: the final AP poll is released prior to the NCAA Tournament).

This season, Kansas will face at least five AP preseason ranked teams: No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 12 Baylor, No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 25 Missouri. Including the EA Sports Maui Invitational bracket, KU could also face No. 6 Duke, No. 17 UCLA and/or No. 18 Michigan.

Kansas will kick off the 2011-12 season when it plays host to Pittsburg State in an exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Tip from Allen Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.

2011-12 Associated Press Top 25 Preseason Poll

Rank, Team (first-place votes)

1. North Carolina (62)

2. Kentucky

3. Ohio St. (1)

4. Connecticut (2)

5. Syracuse

6. Duke

7. Vanderbilt

8. Florida

9. Louisville

10. Pittsburgh

11. Memphis

12. Baylor


14. Xavier

15. Wisconsin

16. Arizona

17. UCLA

18. Michigan

19. Alabama

20. Texas A&M

21. Cincinnati

22. Marquette

23. Gonzaga

24. California

25. Missouri