College basketball rankings: Undefeated Kansas takes No. 1 ranking in Coaches Poll into Maui Invitational

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Following last week’s win over Kentucky, Kansas maintained its No. 1 ranking in the Coaches Poll released Monday ahead of the loaded Maui Invitational. Six team’s ranked in this week’s Coaches Poll will play in Honolulu, Hawaii, during Thanksgiving week in the top in-season tournament in 2023 in perhaps the best field in tournament history

The Jayhawks could potentially face two opponents ranked in the Coaches Poll in a three-game stretch if they win their opening game of the Maui Invitational. The Jayhawks open the tournament by facing the host school, Chaminade on Monday. Kansas would play the winner of No. 24 UCLA vs. No. 5 Marquette on Tuesday if the top-ranked Jayhawks win a game they are heavily favored in. If the bracket goes chalk, Kansas could have a date with No. 2 Purdue in the championship game for all the marbles.

 Following the trip out to Hawaii, the Jayhawks host reigning national champion UConn at home in Lawrence, Kansas on Dec. 1

Kansas got off to a slow start against then-No. 16 Kentucky in the Champions Classic last week, but used a strong second half led by the heroics of Hunter Dickinson, Dajuan Harris Jr. and Kevin McCullar Jr. to outscore Kentucky 48-36 in the final 20 minutes of play. The Wildcats remained No. 16 in this week’s poll  

Coaches Poll

1. Kansas (25)

2. Purdue (5)

3. Arizona (2)

4. UConn

5. Marquette

6. Houston

7. Creighton

8. Tennessee

9. Duke

10. Gonzaga

11. Miami 

12. Baylor

13. Texas A&M

14. North Carolina

15. Alabama

16. Kentucky

17. Texas

18. Virginia 

19. Michigan State

20. FAU

21. Colorado

22. Illinois 

23. Memphis

24. UCLA

25. Mississippi State

Others receiving votes: Arkansas 83; USC 75; James Madison 60; Villanova 50; TCU 40; Iowa State 35; San Diego State 30; Clemson 30; Auburn 29; BYU 27; Nevada 12; Princeton 11; South Carolina 7; Oregon 2; Liberty 2; Kansas State 2; Florida 2; North Carolina State 1; Iowa 1

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