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AP Poll: Kansas is the new No. 1 team in the country, too

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Kansas jumped up into first place in the latest AP Poll, vaulting the Denzel Valentine-less Michigan State Spartans and remaining slotted above Oklahoma, who received 21 first place votes of their own.

Oklahoma and Kansas play each other tonight. Which will be awesome.

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There are a couple of weird rankings here that I can’t really wrap my head around. For starters, Arizona is ranked above Providence despite the fact that Providence beat them on a neutral court. And Xavier is ranked above Villanova despite the fact that, roughly 96 hours ago, Villanova beat Xavier by 31 points.

Someone explain that one to me.

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Anyway, here is the full AP Poll. The NBCSports.com Top 25 — way more accurate and reliable, I might add — can be found here.

1. Kansas (12-1, 44)
2. Oklahoma (12-0, 21)
3. Maryland (13-1)
4. Virginia (12-1)
5. Michigan State (14-1)
6. North Carolina (13-2)
7. Arizona (13-1)
8. Providence (14-1)
9. Kentucky (11-2)
10. Xavier (13-1)
11. Villanova (12-2)
12. Miami (12-1)
13. Iowa State (11-2)
14. Duke (12-2)
15. SMU (13-0)
16. Louisville (12-2)
17. West Virginia (12-1)
18. Butler (11-3)
19. Iowa (11-3)
20. Purdue (13-2)
21. Texas A&M (11-2)
22. South Carolina (13-0)
23. UConn (10-3)
24. Pittsburgh (12-1)
25. Dayton (11-2)

COACHES POLL: Oklahoma moves to No. 1 in the country

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
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Oklahoma jumped up into first place in the latest Coaches Poll, vaulting the Denzel Valentine-less Michigan State Spartans and remaining slotted above Kansas, who received 11 first place votes of their own.

Oklahoma and Kansas play each other tonight. Which will be awesome.

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Anyway, there are a couple of weird rankings here. Providence beat Arizona in the Wooden Legacy earlier this year but they’re ranked three spots behind the Wildcats? Huh. Good to know.

And what about Butler, who beat Purdue in Bankers Life Fieldhouse yet is ranked one spot behind the Boilermakers by the coaches. That’s … odd.

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The most egregious? Villanova beat Xavier by 31 points on THURSDAY, but the coaches have Xavier ranked 12th and Villanova ranked 13th. I know Xavier lost Edmond Sumner and I know they beat Butler and I know they have one less loss so please don’t try and get smart and point that out to me.

I get it.

In a vacuum, I think a healthy Xavier might be a better team that Villanova.

But we’re not in a vacuum. We’re in a world where, four days ago, Xavier lost to Villanova by 31 points.

Good thing these polls don’t matter at all.

Anyway, here is the Coaches Poll. The NBCSports.com Top 25 — way more accurate and reliable, I might add — can be found here.

1. Oklahoma (12-0, 20 first-place votes)
2. Kansas (12-1, 11)
3. Maryland (13-1)
4. Virginia (12-1)
5. Michigan State (14-1, 1)
6. Arizona (13-1)
7. North Carolina (13-2)
8. Kentucky (11-2)
9. Providence (14-1)
10. Duke (12-2)
11. Miami (12-1)
12. Xavier (13-1)
13. Villanova (12-2)
14. Iowa State (11-2)
15. West Virginia (12-1)
16. Louisville (12-2)
17. Texas A&M (11-2)
18. Purdue (13-2)
19. Butler (11-3)
20. South Carolina (13-0)
21. Pitt (12-1)
22. Gonzaga (12-3)
23. Iowa (11-3)
24. UConn (10-3)
25. Baylor (10-3)

NEW PODCAST: We talk Kansas-Oklahoma, Big East/Pac-12 and Iowa

California's Ivan Rabb encourages the crowd to cheer in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary's Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Raphielle Johnson and I spent 55 glorious minutes this morning talking about college hoops.

The topics we covered?

  • Kansas plays Oklahoma tonight in a battle featuring No. 1 vs. No. 2. This should be fun.
  • What do we make of the Big East after the weekend’s three marquee matchups?
  • What about the Pac-12? Can anyone figure out what’s going on out west?
  • Iowa was pretty damn good this weekend, weren’t they?

As always, you can listen to the podcast by clicking “play” on the Soundcloud player embedded below. Or you can do so through either iTunes or Stitcher if you so choose. Thanks for listening!