University of Washington

Huskies climb to No. 17

The Washington Huskies jumped five spots to No. 17 in The Associated Press men's basketball poll released Monday.

Washington remains the only Pacific-10 Conference team in the Top 25, although Southern California and California received votes. The Huskies also are the only ranked team from the state of Washington, although Gonzaga is the leading vote-getter among unranked teams.

UW jumped from No. 22 after wins over Texas A&M, which fell out of the rankings from No. 19, and San Francisco.

Washington (9-2) opened the season at No. 14, climbed as high as 12th, and then fell to a season-low of 23rd after losses to Texas Tech and Georgetown.

Kansas (11-0) remained at the top of the latest poll. The remainder of the Top 10, in order, is Texas, Kentucky, Purdue, Syracuse, West Virginia, Duke, Villanova, North Carolina and Connecticut.

The Top 10 is identical in this week’s ESPN/USA Today poll of coaches.

However, the coaches were kinder to the Pac-10 and Washington teams. The Huskies are ranked 16th and Gonzaga is No. 22, while USC, Washington State, Cal and Arizona State all received votes.

Don Ruiz, 253-597-8808