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)