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Back-to-back losses drop KU to No. 13 in latest AP poll

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick, center, and Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) dive on a loose ball with Arizona State guard Tra Holder (0) during the second half, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick, center, and Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) dive on a loose ball with Arizona State guard Tra Holder (0) during the second half, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

December 11, 2017

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Rare back-to-back losses for Kansas this past week cost the Jayhawks 11 spots in the Associated Press Top 25.

Previously ranked No. 2 in the nation, KU’s men’s basketball team dropped all the way down to No. 13 in the new rankings released Monday.

Kansas (7-2) first lost to unranked Washington (7-3) at Sprint Center — the Huskies followed up the upset with a 97-70 home defeat to No. 12 Gonzaga.

Next, KU dropped another Pac-12 matchup on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, where Arizona State remained undefeated.

The ASU victory jumped the Sun Devils from No. 16 in the country to No. 5.

Only No. 1 Villanova (10-0), No. 2 Michigan State (9-1), No. 3 Wichita State (8-1) and No. 4 Duke (11-1) currently rank ahead the Sun Devils (9-0).

The Jayhawks, meanwhile, now have 12 teams in front of them, including one from the Big 12 — No. 11 West Virginia (9-1), which defeated No. 16 Virginia this past week.

Three other Big 12 programs rank among the top 25: No. 14 TCU (10-0), No. 21 Baylor (7-2) and No. 24 Texas Tech (7-1).

Before this past week, Kansas had survived a stretch of 146 games without consecutive losses.

The last time Bill Self’s program lost twice in a row was in 2013, when the Jayhawks came up short on the road at Colorado and at Florida.

AP Top 25 — Dec. 11, 2017

No. 1 - Villanova

No. 2 - Michigan State

No. 3 - Wichita State

No. 4 - Duke

No. 5 - Arizona State

No. 6 - Miami

No. 7 - North Carolina

No. 8 - Kentucky

No. 9 - Texas A & M

No. 10 - Xavier

No. 11 - West Virginia

No. 12 - Gonzaga

No. 13 - Kansas

No. 14 - TCU

No. 15 - Seton Hall

No. 16 - Virginia

No. 17 - Purdue

No. 18 - Notre Dame

No. 19 - Florida State

No. 20 - Tennessee

No. 21 - Baylor

No. 22 - Florida

No. 23 - Arizona

No. 24 - Texas Tech

No. 25 - Cincinnati


More news and notes from Kansas vs. Arizona State


By the Numbers: Arizona State 95, Kansas 85.

By the Numbers: Arizona State 95, Kansas 85.

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