Horns At No. 11/14 In Latest Hoops Polls

The Texas men's basketball team (14-3, 5-1) jumped to No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and to No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today (Coaches Poll) released Monday. The shift followed an in-state road trip for the Horns that saw an overtime win last Monday over nationally ranked Texas Tech and a defeat of Texas A&M Saturday in College Station.

Duke (18-1) holds the top position in both polls, followed by unbeaten Stanford (18-0) and Saint Joseph's (18-0). A one-loss Pittsburgh team moved up to No. 4 with Connecticut holding the No. 5 position. Louisville, Mississippi State, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Cincinnati round out the Top 10 in both polls.

The second ten reads like a Who's Who of Big 12 schools.

Oklahoma State (15-2, 5-1) checks in at No. 13 in both polls after escaping the Red Raiders in Stillwater over the weekend. Tech (16-4, 4-2) dropped to No.18 (Coaches) and No. 19 (AP) after losing to the Horns and the Cowboys. Kansas (14-4, 6-1) dropped to No. 18 (Coaches) and No. 20 (AP) after losing on the road at Iowa State, but the Jayhawks made a quick rebound at home against Missouri Monday, besting the struggling Tigers 65-56. Oklahoma (13-4, 3-3) is listed at No. 22 in both polls.

Kansas heads the list of league teams in the simulated RPI, checking in at No. 13, immediately followed by No. 14 Tech and No. 15 Okie State. Texas is No. 17. The Sooners are the next highest-rated Big 12 team, but are way down at No. 42. Mizzou is No. 51 and UT's Wednesday opponent Colorado is No. 70.

Of note, Texas has faced six teams in the top 22 of the RPI rankings, with wins over No. 9 Providence, No. 14 Tech and No. 22 Wake Forest and losses to No. 1 Duke, No. 15 Oklahoma State and No. 21 Arizona. Texas gets No. 13 Kansas on Feb. 23 in the Erwin Center.

The Cowboys continued their "Bracketology" climb from out of the projected tournament field three weeks ago to a No. 3 seed this week. The Horns also inched up from last week's No. 5 seed to a No. 4 this week. Kansas dropped to a No. 5 and the Raiders, after two consecutive losses, fell to a No. 6. Oklahoma continued to hang on at a borderline No. 11.

Texas hosts the Buffs (12-6, 4-3) 7 p.m. Wednesday in an ESPN2 telecast. The Longhorns and the Sooners are then slated for a high noon showdown Sunday at the Erwin Center on CBS.


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