Hoops: Texas At No. 11 In Both Polls

One day after handing then-No. 22 Oklahoma its worst loss in the 61-game series history with Texas, the Longhorns checked in at No. 11 in both major basketball polls Monday. Texas rose three notches in the ESPN/USA Today (Coaches) poll while holding steady in the Associated Press ratings.

Duke continued its reign atop both wire service ratings, followed by Stanford, St. Joseph's, Pittsburgh (68-67 double-overtime loser at Seton Hall Monday) and Connecticut (an 80-74 loser at Notre Dame Monday).

Texas is one of four Big 12 teams listed this week. At No. 10 in both polls, Oklahoma State is the league's highest rated team. Kansas is the AP choice for No. 12 and No. 13 in the Coaches poll. The Cowboys shellacked the Jayhawks, 80-60, in Stillwater Monday.

Texas Tech is listed this week at No. 18 (AP) and No. 19 (Coaches). Oklahoma fell out of the national rankings for the first time in 44 weeks following its 66-37 loss to Texas at the Erwin Center Sunday.

The Horns, however, are the highest rated Big 12 team in this week's RPI ratings. The listings, which did not take into account Monday's hoops action, have Texas at No. 9 (.6436) based, in part, on a strength of schedule calculated at No. 26 nationally with wins over for teams that were nationally ranked at the time of the contest (Providence, Wake Forest, Texas Tech, OU). The Horns are followed in the RPI ratings by No. 10 Kansas (.6434) and No. 11 Oklahoma State (.5558). Texas Tech has a No. 17 RPI rating.

If the NCAA Tournament were to begin this week, Texas would be a No. 3 seed in the East Regional, according to the most recent ESPN Bracketology projections. Both the Jayhawks and the Cowboys are also projected as No. 3s, but Okie State may be climbing higher next week after its big Big Monday win.

Texas returns to action 8 p.m. (CST) at Baylor in a Fox Sports Southwest telecast. Texas can climb back into a first-place tie with Oklahoma State atop the league standings with a win in Waco.

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