Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Picked No. 3 on First AP Top 25 Poll of Season

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Picked No. 3 on First AP Top 25 Poll of Season

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LAWRENCE -- Allen Fieldhouse might be the home floor for the Kansas men's basketball team on the court, but the Jayhawks seem to have taken up permanent residence elsewhere.

The Jayhawks added on to a nation-leading mark on Monday, making their 143rd straight appearance in the AP Top 25. The team was slotted as the No. 3 team in the nation in Monday's Associated Press' Preseason Top 25.

With the level of consistency the Jayhawks have exhibited under coach Bill Self, the poll didn't garner much of an emotional response. Just hours after the announcement, senior guard Frank Mason sat in the Allen Fieldhouse media room, answering questions from a group of reporters into a bundle of microphones. He was prodded about several topics before he was finally asked about what the rankings signify for the team.

"We don't really buy into preseason rankings. I'm not even sure what we're ranked right now," Mason said in a monotone voice.

That seemed to be the theme of the day. With the Jayhawks beginning their fourth straight season ranked in the top five -- tied for the second longest active streak in the nation with Duke -- the players didn't really react.

According to Self, it's been that way for quite some time, at least on a personal level.

"No, I don't think so. Maybe when I was younger," said Self, asked if he ever really reacted to preseason rankings. "There's so many pre-polls and pre-pre-polls and first poll of the summer and everything like that, so we knew we had a chance to be ranked up there pretty high."

Last season, KU found itself ranked No. 4, the highest of seven Big 12 teams to receive votes. Three Big 12 schools -- KU (4), Iowa State (7) and Oklahoma (8) --were ranked in the top 10.

This year, only five of the Big 12 schools received votes, with West Virginia (20), Texas (21) and Iowa State (24) joining KU in the rankings. Oklahoma was the only other Big 12 school to receive any votes, finishing with the 40th highest point-total (11).

As for the rest of the top five, Duke was slotted as the top team in the country, getting 58 of 65 first-place votes. …

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