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TCU basketball drops a spot in new AP Poll

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The Frogs sit at No. 21 after a 2-0 start to the season.

TCU Basketball vs Cal State Bakersfield | November 7, 2018 | Fort Worth, TX
TCU Basketball vs Cal State Bakersfield | November 7, 2018 | Fort Worth, TX
Melissa Triebwasser

It’s early in the basketball season, which means there will be a lot of shifting in the AP poll before things begin to settle down.

For instance, TCU is 2-0 and yet they fell a spot - from No. 20 to No. 21 - in the AP Poll when it was released Monday.

The Frogs were jumped by Clemson, who moved from No. 22 to No. 19 after their own 2-0 start, which included two 20-point blowouts over Citadel and North Carolina Central. UCLA also moved up a spot, from No. 21 to No. 20, thanks to double-digit wins over Fort Wayne and Long Beach State.

Meanwhile TCU struggled in their opening 66-61 win over Cal State Bakersfield, and let Oral Roberts hang around into the second half before pulling away to win 79-62. It certainly doesn’t help matters that the Frogs have been without Jaylen Fisher, Kouat Noi, and Lat Mayen through the first two contests. TCU has relied heavily on freshmen Kendric Davis and Kevin Samuel, along with Alex Robinson, JD Miller, and Desmond Bane, to get the Frogs through the first two contests.

Kansas was bumped from the top spot despite a win over then-No. 10 Michigan State to open the season. Duke, the new No. 1 school, completely obliterated Kentucky 118-84 (and it wasn’t even that close), and followed it up with a 22 point win over Army.

Beyond No. 2 Kansas and TCU, the Big 12 also has Kansas State ranked 12th. West Virginia fell out of the Top 25 after a season-opening loss at home to now-No. 25 Buffalo. The Mountaineers are still receiving votes, as are Iowa State, Texas, and Texas Tech.

TCU hosts Fresno State this Thursday at 8pm. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.