Kansas University's basketball team continues its late-season climb in the Associated Press poll.
The Jayhawks (27-4 overall, 14-2 Big 12 Conference) on Monday jumped a spot from No. 3 to 2 and received two first-place votes. Ohio State checked in at No. 1 for the second consecutive week, netting the other 70 first-place votes.
"I would say we are playing more consistently at a level that would warrant us being one of the better teams around, that's for sure," KU coach Bill Self said Monday.
The Jayhawks, in fact, are gaining steam as a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Wisconsin, which finished second to Ohio State in the Big Ten, moved up one place to third, while UCLA, which beat Washington State to wrap up the Pac-10 regular season title but then lost to Washington on Saturday, dropped from second to fourth.
Memphis, which finished undefeated in Conference USA, moved up one spot to fifth and was followed by Florida, Texas A&M;, North Carolina, Georgetown and Nevada.
Washington State was No. 11 followed by Louisville, Pittsburgh, Southern Illinois, Texas, Oregon, Maryland, Marquette, Butler and Notre Dame.
Duke, which lost to Maryland and North Carolina last week, dropped from 14th to lead the last five teams followed by newcomers Tennessee, BYU, Winthrop and UNLV.