Kansas No. 5 in Associated Press Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball is preseason ranked No. 5 by the Associated Press (AP), which released its first poll of the 2013-14 season Thursday.
This marks the second-straight year, and the fourth time in the last five seasons, that the Jayhawks have entered the season No. 7 or higher by AP. Last year the Jayhawks were preseason No. 7, No. 1 in 2009-10 and No. 7 in 2010-11.
Historically, this is the eighth time in the 11-year Bill Self era that Kansas enters the season ranked seventh or higher in the Associated Press preseason poll and the No. 5 ranking marks the 16th time since the 1992-93 season that Kansas will enter the season seventh or higher.
Last season, KU entered the year No. 7 nationally in the Associated Press poll and ended at No. 3. The AP’s final poll is released prior to the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks were ranked in the top 10 in all but two AP polls during the 2012-13 season.
Kansas will play six regular-season games against teams ranked in the AP preseason poll: No. 4 Duke, No. 8 Oklahoma State (twice), No. 10 Florida and No. 25 Baylor (twice).
Kansas enters the season No. 6 in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ poll.
Kansas continues its exhibition play when it hosts Fort Hays State Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. The game can be seen on the Jayhawk Television Network or ESPN3 outside the state of Kansas. The Jayhawks’ regular-season opens against Louisiana at Monroe on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.
2013-14 Associated Press Preseason Poll (Oct. 31)
|1. Kentucky (27)||21-12||1,546||—|
|2. Michigan St. (22)||27-9||1,543||9|
|3. Louisville (14)||35-5||1,501||2|
|4. Duke (2)||30-6||1,435||6|
|8. Oklahoma St.||24-9||1,093||17|
|11. Ohio St.||29-8||1,036||7|
|12. North Carolina||25-11||954||—|
|16. Wichita St.||30-9||512||—|
|21. Notre Dame||25-10||332||23|
|23. New Mexico||29-6||213||10|
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