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Longhorns Jump To #7 In New AP Basketball Poll

The Texas Longhorns were awarded for impressive wins at home against Texas A&M and in Lawrence over Kansas with a jump to number seven in AP's latest poll. The ESPN/USA Today coaches poll ranked them eighth. The Aggies dropped to No. 13 in the AP and No. 11 in the coaches poll, while Kansas sunk to No. 6 in both polls. 

While the Longhorns' three losses are the most for any team in either top 10, two of their losses are to second ranked Pittsburgh and fifth ranked UConn, the top two Big East powers by a combined three points, and UT has wins over ranked teams Illinois, Michigan State, A&M and Kansas. They travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State on Wednesday, before a pair of showdowns with No. 11 Missouri and the Aggies in College Station.

Jordan Hamilton has stepped forward as the Longhorns' offensive leader, after his 27-point performance against the Aggies moved his scoring average to 20 points per game. He is 42% from 3-point range for the season. Freshman Tristan Thompson has emerged as the club's second leading scorer at 13.1 PPG. The pair also lead Texas in rebounding. It was a 23-point performance from reserve guard J'Covan Brown that helped carry them past Kansas.

Baylor received just two votes in the AP poll and one in the coaches poll. 

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