Hoops: Horns Crack Into The Top 10

The Texas men’s basketball team rose to No. 10 in the Associated Press poll and to No. 9* in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll released on Monday after defeating Memphis 74-67 last Thursday and beating Baylor 79-60 Sunday.

The climb in the polls marks the first time the Longhorns have cracked the top ten this season.

Illinois remains atop both polls, coming off wins over Ohio State and Purdue. Kansas trails the Fighting Illini at the No. 2 spot after barely beating Texas A&M and defeating Kentucky on the road. Wake Forest and North Carolina stay flip-flopped in the polls with Wake Forest grabbing the No. 3 position in the Coaches poll (No. 4 in AP), while the Tar Heels claimed the No. 3 spot in the AP poll (No. 4 in Coaches). With victories over Princeton and Temple, Duke held onto its No. 5 ranking.

Oklahoma State remained at No. 6 in the Coaches poll but rose a position to No. 6 in the AP poll after beating Texas Tech 76-66. Syracuse trails the Cowboys at the No. 7 spot in both polls. Georgia Tech grabbed the No. 8 position in both polls followed by No. 9 Kentucky (No. 10 in Coaches). Connecticut lost ground in both polls, falling to No. 12 in AP and No. 11 in the Coaches poll.

Previously-unranked Oklahoma cracked the rankings by claiming the No. 25 spot in both polls after crushing Colorado 85-55.

The Longhorns (12-2) travel to College Station Wednesday night to take on once-beaten Texas A&M at 7 p.m.

[The original version of this story mistakenly referenced last week's Coaches' poll results as current.]

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