Longhorns stay at No. 4 in national rankings after Andrew Jones’ clutch shot

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Texas players celebrate after defeating West Virginia in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Andrew Jones delivered the clutch shot in Morgantown, pushing Texas’ winning streak to six on Saturday. The Longhorns move on from a 72-70 win against No. 14 West Virginia with another ranked Big 12 opponent waiting this week.

Texas remained at No. 4 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll Monday with No. 15 Texas Tech coming to Austin Wednesday.

This is the Longhorns’ best run in the national rankings in a decade. In 2011, Texas made it through most of February with a top five ranking. This season, the Longhorns are doing it with experienced guards and dynamic, young forwards.

Andrew Jones’ comeback after his fight with leukemia is inspiring the college basketball world and his Texas teammates. Jones scored Saturday’s game-winner three years to the date of his cancer diagnosis. He also scored his 1,000th career point at Texas, becoming the 39th Longhorns player to meet that mark.

You can watch what Jones said after Saturday’s win in the video below.

Texas Tech (10-3) has a daunting week ahead. The Red Raiders play at Texas Wednesday and host No. 2 Baylor on Saturday.

AP Poll – Jan. 11

1. Gonzaga (63)12-015991
2. Baylor (1)11-015362
3. Villanova8-114363
4. Texas10-114224
5. Iowa11-213225
6. Kansas10-212206
7. Michigan10-0116110
8. Creighton10-211517
9. Wisconsin10-211108
10. Tennessee9-110939
11. Houston10-199311
12. Clemson9-174719
13. West Virginia9-470114
14. Illinois9-469412
15. Texas Tech10-368918
16. Louisville8-1464
17. Missouri7-243613
18. Virginia7-240322
19. Duke5-239721
20. Virginia Tech9-228619
21. Ohio St.9-3280
22. Oregon9-226417
23. Minnesota10-423316
24. Saint Louis7-122023
25. UConn6-1181

Others receiving votes: Alabama 173, UCLA 137, Colorado 96, Florida St. 74, Southern Cal 48, Rutgers 46, Drake 42, Michigan St. 34, Oklahoma St. 28, Arkansas 24, San Diego St. 10, Boise St. 8, Florida 7, Xavier 7, LSU 7, Northwestern 6, Tulsa 5, NC State 5, Indiana 2, Winthrop 2, Belmont 1.

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