ASU basketball jumps into top 5 in AP poll following Sunday's win

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Arizona State forward Romello White (23) and guard Shannon Evans II (11) celebrate after an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Arizona State defeated Kansas 95-85. (Source: AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Arizona State forward Romello White (23) and guard Shannon Evans II (11) celebrate after an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Arizona State defeated Kansas 95-85. (Source: AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Fresh off their huge win against the Kansas Jayhawks, the ASU Sun Devils are in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll for the first time since 1981. 

[RELATED: No. 16 Arizona State upset No. 2 Kansas in Lawrence]

A 9-0 start has Bobby Hurley's team ranked 5th in the country. 

The Sun Devils defeated Kansas 95-85 Sunday for their first win over a non-conference top-5 team on the road in school history.

“Kansas is a great team. Allen Fieldhouse is a historic place to play at. So to stay together and play for each other, we knew if we did that we would be fine at the end,” said Shannon Evans, Sun Devils senior.

It was a Superb day for the senior backcourt of Tra Holder and Shannon Evans Sunday.  Holder had 29 points while Evans had 22 points.

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[RELATED: Sun Devils return to Top 25 for the first time since 2009]

The team arrived back in Tempe on Sunday night.

“It’s unbelievable. Great fans, they’ve been through it from hard times we’ve had. This is all about giving back to the community because they support us from day one,” said Tra Holder, Sun Devils senior.

“To see these people out at night, on a Sunday night, when they could be doing so much more. Seeing them here is incredible and it makes us want to go even harder for the next game,” said Remy Martin, Sun Devils freshman.

The Sun Devils are one of the only four teams that remain undefeated this season. ASU men's basketball are 9-0 for the first time since 1974.

In other polls, ESPN Power Rankings have ASU number one in the country this week. while the CBS Sports Power Rankings have ASU number 2 in the country. 

The Sun Devils host Vanderbilt in Tempe on Sunday.

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