Jesse NewellKansas City Star (Kansas City, MO)
Twitter: @jessenewell
About: Newell comes to The Star from the Topeka Capital-Journal, where he currently covers KU. His writing has won numerous awards since he joined the Capital-Journal in 2013, including beat writer of the year in the most recent Associated Press Sports Editors contest. Newell is also the co-author, with former Star writer Jason King, of “Beyond the Phog,” an inside look at former KU basketball players. He was previously the online editor for the Lawrence Journal-World. He started his career at the Emporia Gazette.

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Feb 19, 2018Week 16 Rankings for Jesse Newell
1Virginia (42)
24-2Actual: 1
Highest: 1 - 42 Voters
Lowest: 3 - Jon Rothstein
1601
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2Villanova (4)
24-3Actual: 3
Highest: 1 - 4 Voters
Lowest: 4 - 4 Voters
1509
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3Michigan State (19)
26-3Actual: 2
Highest: 1 - 19 Voters
Lowest: 4 - Paul Klee
1565
Points
4Duke
22-5Actual: 5
Highest: 3 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 14 - David Cloninger
1292
Points
5Purdue
24-5Actual: 9
Highest: 4 - Scott Mansch
Lowest: 14 - Carlos Silva
1130
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6Cincinnati
23-4Actual: 11
Highest: 5 - Shannon Ryan
Lowest: 18 - Seth Davis
954
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7North Carolina
21-7Actual: 10
Highest: 5 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 16 - Dave Borges
1074
Points
8Gonzaga
25-4Actual: 6
Highest: 3 - Justin Jackson
Lowest: 13 - 2 Voters
1206
Points
9Texas Tech
22-5Actual: 6
Highest: 5 - 10 Voters
Lowest: 14 - Shannon Ryan
1206
Points
10Kansas
21-6Actual: 8
Highest: 5 - 7 Voters
Lowest: 14 - John Feinstein
1166
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11Xavier
24-4Actual: 4
Highest: 3 - Theo Lawson
Lowest: 11 - Jesse Newell
1398
Points
12Wichita State
21-5Actual: 13
Highest: 6 - David Cloninger
Lowest: 17 - 3 Voters
870
Points
13Auburn
23-4Actual: 12
Highest: 7 - Tony Parks
Lowest: 18 - Jon Wilner
873
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14West Virginia
19-8Actual: 21
Highest: 14 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 4 Voters
329
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15Ohio State
22-7Actual: 16
Highest: 10 - Scott Richey
Lowest: NR - Paul Klee
680
Points
16Arizona
21-6Actual: 14
Highest: 6 - Justin Jackson
Lowest: 21 - Matt Vautour
831
Points
17Clemson
20-6Actual: 15
Highest: 11 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 20 - Scott Gleeson
683
Points
18Michigan
22-7Actual: 17
Highest: 10 - Graham Couch
Lowest: 23 - Doug Haller
615
Points
19Tennessee
19-7Actual: 19
Highest: 15 - Mark Cooper
Lowest: 25 - 2 Voters
427
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20Houston
21-5Actual: 23
Highest: 18 - 6 Voters
Lowest: NR - 4 Voters
263
Points
21Nevada
23-5Actual: 20
Highest: 16 - Scott Mansch
Lowest: NR - Justin Jackson
330
Points
22Saint Mary's
25-4Actual: 22
Highest: 12 - David Cloninger
Lowest: NR - 13 Voters
291
Points
23Florida State
19-8Actual: 25
Highest: 22 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - 41 Voters
63
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24Creighton
19-8Actual: 33
Highest: 23 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 61 Voters
10
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25TCU
18-9Actual: 37
Highest: 24 - Graham Couch
Lowest: NR - 62 Voters
4
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