?Cats Move To 7th in Both Polls
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State continued to make history on Monday morning, as the Wildcats rose two spots to No. 7 in each major poll.
The No. 7 ranking is the highest in The Associated Press poll in almost 50 years since the Wildcats were ranked sixth on March 13, 1962. It is the highest ranking in the Coaches' poll since USA Today took over ownership of the poll in 1991-92. K-State has now been ranked in the Top 10 in both polls for the third time this season.
The Wildcats have now been ranked among the nation's Top 25 in both polls for 10 consecutive weeks, while they have been ranked among the AP Top 15 for seven straight weeks. It is the longest stretch in the Top 25 since ranking 16 consecutive weeks in the AP poll from 1972-73, while it is the longest stretch in the AP Top 15 since the 1961-62 team was among the Top 10 for 14 weeks in a row from Dec. 19, 1961 to March 13, 1962.
The Wildcats, who are past the mid-way point of the Big 12 season, are off to their best start in nearly 50 years with their current 20-4 overall mark. The record ties for the fifth-best start in school history and the best since the 1961-62 squad opened the year at 21-3. The team posted their 20th win of the season against Colorado on Saturday, becoming the first team to tally 20 or more wins in four consecutive seasons. Head coach Frank Martin also became the first head coach to post three 20-win seasons to start a career. It is also the earliest a K-State squad has won 20 games, surpassing the 1958-59 team that won its 20th game on Feb. 16, 1959.
The Wildcats conclude a brief two-game homestand on Wednesday, as the squad plays host to Nebraska (13-12, 1-9 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Kansas City.