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Texas falls all the way to No. 13 in AP Poll

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 01 Maui Invitational - Indiana v Texas Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team is No. 13 in the latest AP Poll rankings.

That’s seven spots lower than last week’s ranking, at No. 6. But it makes sense. Over the weekend, the Longhorns dropped what should have been a runaway win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in double overtime. That was after the Longhorns were stomped by the No. 2 Baylor Bears, who maintained their spot atop the rankings, earlier in the week.

It’s been a tough stretch for Texas head coach Shaka Smart over the past several weeks. Smart recently was forced to bounce back from a COVID-19 diagnosis late last month, and it seems as though the Longhorns have begun to lose the early-season groove they’d found.

Elsewhere in the Big 12 this week: The Texas Tech Red Raiders moved up to No. 7, the Oklahoma Sooners fell to No. 12, the West Virginia Mountaineers rose to No. 14, and Oklahoma State managed to maintain their No. 23 ranking with their win over Texas.

The Longhorns take on the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan on Tuesday.