Teams on five-game winning streaks don’t normally want a break in the action, but Texas coach Rick Barnes probably doesn’t mind having a few extra days to prepare for his next opponent.

The Longhorns (16-4, 5-2 Big 12) moved into The Associated Press poll at No. 25 Monday for the first time since 2011. They host No. 6 Kansas (15-4, 6-0) at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Erwin Center.

The matchup pits the two hottest teams in the Big 12. Texas has won five straight since losing its first two league games. The Jayhawks are on a six-game win streak and are the first Div. I team to beat four ranked opponents in a row since North Carolina in 1996-97. KU hosts No. 16 Iowa State (15-3, 3-3) on Wednesday before traveling to Texas.

“I think we’d like to get into a routine and stay there but that’s how the schedule worked out,” Barnes said. “We can certainly use some time but we have to get our guys rested here and get our guys back in to school. We just have to figure out the best way to use it for our guys.”

Since losing to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to start league play, Texas has beaten ranked opponents Iowa State, Kansas State and Baylor.

“From the beginning of the year, we really haven’t worried about what people from the outside have said,” Jonathan Holmes said after Saturday’s 14-point win at Baylor.

“I don’t think that’s going to change now. If we’re in the Top 25, that’s fine. If we’re not, that’s fine. We’re going to go at Kansas like we’ve gone in every game this year. We’re playing a real good Kansas team so we have to get rest and get ready to play them.”

Barnes said Texas is playing better defense since putting its first two opponents at the line a combined 77 times.

“Over the last couple games we’ve had some really good moments but we can get better,” he said. “I know we’re going to have to get a lot better. The chemistry has been good. They want to win. They like each other. They do know we still have a lot to work and it’s been fun coaching them. I don’t think the mindset has changed since we started the season.”