KU No. 5 in 2014-15 Preseason Associated Press Poll
LAWRENCE, Kan. – For the second straight season, Kansas men’s basketball is preseason ranked No. 5 by the Associated Press (AP), which released its first poll of the 2014-15 season on Oct. 31.
This marks the third-straight year, and the fifth time in the last six seasons, that the Jayhawks have entered the season No. 7 or higher by AP. The last two years the Jayhawks were preseason No. 5, No. 1 in 2009-10 and No. 7 in 2010-11.
Historically, this is the ninth time in the 12-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 17th time since the 1992-93 season that Kansas will enter the season seventh or higher.
Last season, KU entered the year No. 5 nationally in the Associated Press poll and ended at No. 10. The AP’s final poll is released prior to the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks were ranked in the top 10 for 14 weeks during the 2013-14 season.
Kansas will play nine regular-season games against teams ranked in the AP preseason poll: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 7 Florida, No. 10 Texas (twice), No. 14 Iowa State (twice), No. 19 Oklahoma (twice) and No. 25 Utah. Additionally, KU could play No. 18 Michigan State in the Orlando Classic Thanksgiving weekend.
Kansas enters the season No. 5 in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ poll.
Kansas opens its exhibition play when it hosts Washburn Monday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. The game can be seen on the Jayhawk Television Network or ESPN3 outside the state of Kansas.
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