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MBB | A Trio Represents The Big XII Inside The Top Six Of AP Poll

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Across the nation, a trend of upperclassmen led programs continue to find themselves inside the top ten. The Maryland Terrapins have relied on trio of upperclassmen en route to a 6-0 record and the No. 2 ranking in the country. Of course, the Michigan State Spartans look toward Denzel Valentine, a senior and player of the year candidate, to set the tone. Behind them, the Kansas Jayhawks have Perry Ellis, the Iowa State Cyclones have Georges Niang, and the Oklahoma Sooners have Buddy Hield...all senior and player of the year hopefuls.

When it's all said and done, any of the aforementioned teams could land in the Final Four if not win the National Championship. However, that's a long way off. For now, college coaches can relish the idea that players are choosing an education before making the jump to the NBA. Well, at least a few top prospects are choosing to do so.

Without any further ado, here are the rankings.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky (59) 6-0 1619 1
2 Maryland (4) 6-0 1512 2
3 Michigan State (2) 7-0 1510 3
4 Kansas 4-1 1342 5
5 Iowa State 5-0 1338 4
6 Oklahoma 4-0 1269 7
7 Duke 6-1 1253 6
8 Villanova 6-0 1218 8
9 North Carolina 5-1 1115 9
10 Virginia 5-1 965 12
11 Purdue 6-0 904 16
12 Xavier 7-0 801 23
13 Gonzaga 4-1 788 10
14 Syracuse 6-0 696 NR
15 Oregon 5-0 628 21
16 Vanderbilt 5-1 587 19
17 Cincinnati 7-0 551 24
18 Texas A&M 6-1 522 25
19 Arizona 6-1 504 11
20 West Virginia 6-0 363 NR
21 Miami (FL) 5-1 289 15
22 SMU 4-0 256 25
23 Providence 6-1 247 NR
24 Louisville 5-0 173 NR
25 Baylor 4-1 162 NR
Also Receiving Votes: Connecticut (4-2) 153; Utah (5-1) 72; Butler (4-1) 62; George Washington (6-1) 45; Indiana (4-2) 26; Northern Iowa (4-1) 25; Notre Dame (4-2) 22; California (4-2) 19; Pittsburgh (4-0) 11; Dayton (5-1) 8; San Diego State (4-3) 5; South Carolina (6-0) 5; Georgetown (2-3) 4; Texas-El Paso (6-0) 3; Northwestern (5-1) 2; LSU (3-2) 2; Iowa (4-2) 2; Arkansas-Little Rock (5-0) 2; Colorado State (5-1) 1; Davidson (4-0) 1; Louisiana Tech (5-0) 1; Monmouth (4-2) 1; Northeastern (5-1) 1