Hoops: Another Week, Another Poll Drop For Horns

The Texas men’s basketball team took a big hit in the polls, dropping to No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and all the way down to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll released on Monday after falling big Saturday evening to a highly-ranked Kansas squad 90-65. Earlier last week, the Horns beat Texas Tech 80-73.

After losing P.J. Tucker for the season to academics and LaMarcus Aldridge to injury (reports indicate that Aldridge could be back on the court by mid-February), the Longhorns (15-5) have slowly declined in the polls since being ranked as high as No. 9 in the Coaches poll and No. 10 in AP on Jan 10.

Illinois (21-0) remains in the top spot of both polls after fending off Wisconsin and Minnesota. North Carolina (17-2) rose a spot to No. 2 following a crushing win over Virginia. Kansas (16-1) climbed in rank to the No. 3 position with wins over Baylor and Texas. After losing to Maryland but beating Virginia Tech later in the week, Duke (16-1) dropped a few spots to No. 4 in the AP (No. 6 in Coaches). With wins over Tennessee and Arkansas, Kentucky (16-2) claimed that No. 4 slot in the Coaches poll (No. 6 in AP). Boston College (18-0) continued its upward move, grabbing the No. 5 spot in both polls after beating Providence and Georgetown.

Wake Forest (17-3) slipped to No. 7 in both polls with a loss to Georgia Tech and a win over Miami. Syracuse dropped to No. 8 following a disappointing week for the Orangemen, who lost to Rutgers and Pittsburgh. Louisville (18-3) rose to No. 9 in both polls, followed by Oklahoma State (15-3) at No. 10 in the AP (No. 11 in Coaches). Michigan State (14-3) rounds out the top tier at No. 10 in the Coaches poll (No. 12 in AP).

No new Big 12 teams broke into the polls this week. UT's Big 12-mate Oklahoma (16-3) took a small knock in rank, dropping a spot to No. 14 in the AP poll (No. 16 in Coaches) after upsetting Oklahoma State but losing to Iowa State.

Kansas still mans the top spot among Big 12 foes in the CollegeRPI.com rankings (which simulates the NCAA’s Ratings Percentage Index Rankings). Oklahoma State (No. 5) trails the Jayhawks, followed by Oklahoma (No. 14) and Texas (No. 17).

According to ESPN.com’s weekly Bracketology, Texas dropped to a sixth seed if the NCAA tournament started today. Kansas remains a top seed, but Oklahoma State dropped to a fourth seed. Oklahoma jumped to a third seed, and Texas Tech stayed a 10th seed.

The Longhorns (15-5, 4-3) next play host to Iowa State (9-8, 1-5) on Saturday Feb 5 at 3 p.m. at the Erwin Center.

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