'Cats Earn Highest AP Ranking Since 1973

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State earned its highest ranking in The Associated Press poll in more than 35 years on Monday, as the Wildcats jumped one spot to No. 9 in the poll.

K-State is now ranked in the Top 10 in both major polls for the second time this season, raising two spots in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll to No. 9.  It is the highest AP ranking since also placing ninth in the poll on March 13, 1973, while it matches the highest ranking in the Coaches' poll since USA Today took over ownership of the poll in 1991-92.  The squad was also ranked ninth in the ESPN poll on Jan. 19.     

The Wildcats have now been ranked among the nation's Top 25 in both polls for nine consecutive weeks, while they have been ranked among the AP Top 15 for six 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 19-4 overall mark.  It is the sixth-best start in school history and the best since the 1961-62 squad opened the year at 21-2. 

A win against Colorado (11-12, 2-7 Big 12) on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum would give the team at least 20 wins for the fourth consecutive season, which would be a first in school history, while it would make Frank Martin the first head coach to post 20 wins in each of his first three seasons.