?Cats Move To 5th in Both Polls
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State earned its first Top 5 rankings in nearly 50 years on Monday afternoon, as the Wildcats rose one spot to No. 5 in each major poll.
The No. 5 ranking is the highest in The Associated Press poll since the Wildcats were ranked third on March 7, 1962. It continues to be the highest ranking in the Coaches' poll since USA Today took over ownership of the poll in 1993-94. Although, the school was ranked as high as No. 5 in the United Press International (UPI) poll as recently as 1961-62, which for many years served as the Coaches' poll.
The Wildcats have now been ranked among the nation's Top 25 in both polls for 12 consecutive weeks, while they have been ranked among the AP Top 15 for nine straight weeks and the AP Top 10 for four weeks in a row. 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 straight weeks from Dec. 19, 1961 to March 13, 1962.
K-State heads into the final week of the regular season with a 24-4 overall record and an 11-3 mark in Big 12 play. The 24 wins and 11 conference victories are the most in the Big 12 era and the most since the 1987-88 squad posted a school-record tying 25 wins to go with 11 Big Eight victories. The 24 wins ties the 1958-59 team for the most wins in a regular season, while the victory count ties the 1976-77 and 1980-81 squads for the fourth-most victories in a single-season. The school posted 25 wins in both 1950-51 and 1958-59.
The Wildcats still have an opportunity to post a share of the Big 12 regular season title with two victories this week and a loss by No. 2/2 Kansas (27-2, 13-1 Big 12) to Missouri on Saturday. The match-up on Wednesday between the state's two flagship institutions will be just the third all-time when both teams are ranked in the nation's Top 5 and the first since 1958. An epic game with the two of the program's greatest players in Wilt Chamberlain and Bob Boozer, the Wildcats won that meeting, 79-75, in two overtimes over the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on February 3, 1958.