ASU moves to No. 17 in AP poll after win over 1st-ranked Kansas
The Arizona State Sun Devils moved up one spot, from 18th to 17th, in the Associated Press college basketball top-25 poll after defeating No. 1-ranked Kansas on Saturday.
Now 9-2 on the year, the impact in the rankings of a 80-76 win at Wells Fargo Arena was limited after ASU fell on the road to Vanderbilt, 81-65, earlier in the week.
The Sun Devils’ win dropped the Jayhawks from first to fifth in the latest AP poll. A week after Kansas earned 56 of 65 first-place votes, it earned only four after suffering its first defeat of the year and falling to 10-1.
That allowed the Duke Blue Devils to rise from second to first, capturing 35 first-place votes. Second-place Michigan (9), third-place Tennessee (12) and fourth-place Virginia (4) also earned first-place votes this week.
Arizona State is the only Pac-12 school to receive any votes in the AP rankings for the second week in a row.
With conference play starting in just more than a week, the Pac-12 has taken more than a fair share of hits over the past week.
Since last Monday, the conference has suffered a bevvy of defeats:
— Washington State lost to New Mexico State (75-72) and San Diego (82-75).
— Colorado fell against Hawaii (70-62) and Indiana State (72-67).
— Stanford dropped a game against San Francisco, 74-65.
— UCLA was blown out against Ohio State (80-66) and Cincinnati (93-64).
— Oregon State lost to Kent State, 66-63.
— Oregon fell to Baylor, 57-47.
— Cal lost to Fresno State, 95-73.
— USC fell to Santa Clara, 102-92.