Kentucky had week’s biggest jump in Top 25

  • By JIM O'CONNELL
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016 1:00am
  • News

Kentucky had the week’s biggest jump in the Top 25, moving up six spots to No. 16.

Three teams — Miami, Maryland and Iowa — all fell four places.

There were no changes in the teams in the Top 25 and that was surprising considering then-No. 19 Baylor lost twice last week, although both losses were to top 10 teams in Oklahoma and West Virginia.

SMU and California both lost a game last week but all they did was switch places in 24th and 25th.

Chasing history

This is Kansas’ 141st consecutive poll appearance, the longest current streak that started in February 2009. The Jayhawks are now an even 80 weeks behind all-time leader UCLA. The Bruins were ranked for 221 consecutive weeks, from 1966 through 1980.

Beating the good teams

Entering conference tournament week, Kansas leads the way with eight wins over ranked teams. The Jayhawks beat then-No. 23 Texas and then-No. 21 Iowa State last week.

Oklahoma is next with seven ranked wins while Texas, Virginia and Xavier all have six.

Chance at a sweep

With next week’s poll the final one for 2015-16, 11 schools have a chance at being ranked in every poll this season.

North Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, Kansas, Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Villanova, Arizona, Michigan State and Purdue have all been ranked every week from the preseason poll through this week.

Last ones done

Five conferences won’t have their championship games played until Selection Sunday. The American Athletic Conference, the Atlantic 10, the Big Ten, the Southeastern Conference and the Sun Belt all won’t decide their automatic qualifiers until hours before the 68-team field is announced.

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