College basketball rankings: Kansas makes swift return to Top 25 And 1 after win over Oklahoma State

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As I explained Sunday morning, Kansas deserved to be removed from the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 based on a rough stretch in which the Jayhawks failed to beat a good team for nearly a month. But, as I also explained on Sunday afternoon’s Eye On College Basketball Podcast, the Jayhawks’ body of work was never as bad as some have made it out to be, and I actually predicted that Bill Self’s program would return to the rankings very soon.

So …

Welcome back, Kansas!

It’s been a while. And by a while, I mean two days. But Monday night’s 78-66 victory over Oklahoma State was exactly the type of win the Jayhawks needed to improve their resume to the point where KU is once again worthy of inclusion in Tuesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. It comes just one day after Kansas dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since 2009. 

“Everybody has pride,” said Kansas guard Marcus Garrett. “And seeing that? It just gave us some extra fire.”

Monday’s double-digit victory pushed Kansas to 13-7 overall and 7-5 in the Big 12. More importantly, the Jayhawks are now 7-7 in the first two quadrants with all seven losses qualifying as Quadrant 1 defeats.

Is it a normal KU resume?

Of course not.

But, as I’ve insisted over and over again, the idea that Kansas belongs in the same conversation with Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State as disappointing blue bloods has been wildly overstated. The Jayhawks are going to make next month’s NCAA Tournament, no problem. And as long as they handle Iowa State on Thursday and then again on Saturday, they’ll likely return to their rightful place in the Associated Press Top 25 poll next week.

Tuesday’s Top 25 And 1 rankings

In: Kansas
Out: Oklahoma State

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