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NCAA Basketball: Kansas rises, Duke, Kentucky, and Texas Tech fall in latest top-25 power ranking

After many big-time NCAA Basketball matchups, where do blue bloods like Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky end up in the latest power rankings?

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3. Kansas Jayhawks - 18-4 (6-3 Big 12)

After losing on the road at Iowa State the weekend prior, Kansas decided to take its frustration on the next two opponents. Oklahoma State has looked like the worst team in the Big 12 this season and the Jayhawks provided another example, winning 83-54.

All five starters were in double figures, led by 16 points and 11 rebounds from Hunter Dickinson. Both Dajaun Harris and KJ Adams had at least 12 points and six assists each in the game. But the next opponent was supposed to be one of the toughest battles all season, taking on 1st-place Houston at home.

Instead, the game turned into a rout from start to finish. The Jayhawks had a 15-point halftime lead and coasted to a 78-65 win that doesn’t describe how much of a blowout it really was. Dickinson had another 20 points and eight rebounds, while Kevin McCullar Jr. and Johnny Furphy finished with 17 points each.

If the freshman Furphy continues to play at a high level, Kansas will have a good chance at once again, winning the Big 12 regular-season title. They have two tough games this week to try to get in sole possession of first place, taking on Kansas State and Baylor up next.