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Week 3 AP Top 25/Coaches Poll; Cincinnati Breaks into Top 25

The Cincinnati Bearcats find themselves in both the AP Top 25 Poll and the Coaches Poll this week.

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Here are your Week 3 AP Top 25 and Coaches Polls with the Cincinnati Bearcats finally breaking the Top 25 to the No. 24 spot, tucked behind No. 23 Xavier and in front of Texas A&M and AAC foe SMU. The college basketball season remains in it's infancy as coaches, teams, and fans get a feel for what the season is to bring, but it is still nice to see the Bearcats break into the top 25, especially considering the way Cincinnati has been playing on both ends of the floor in the early parts of the season.

Kentucky reclaims the No. 1 spot as North Carolina drops to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and No. 8 in the Coaches Poll. Maryland earned a couple first-place votes in both polls, but the Wildcats are the overwhelming selection as the top team this week. Michigan State, Iowa State, Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma, Villanova, North Carolina and Gonzaga round out the top 10 in the AP poll and Arizona is ranked No. 10 over Gonzaga in the Coaches Poll.

Cincinnati will play the No. 4/5 (AP/Coaches) Iowa State Cyclones this December. Xavier is ranked No. 23 in the AP poll. AAC opponent Connecticut is No. 18 and No. 21 in the AP and Coaches polls, respectively. SMU is No. 25 in both polls.

AP Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky Wildcats (59) 4-0 1,619
2 Maryland Terrapins (6) 3-0 1,518
3 Michigan State Spartans 3-0 1,448
4 Iowa State Cyclones 2-0 1,297
5 Kansas Jayhawks 1-1 1,243
6 Duke Blue Devils 4-1 1,238
7 Oklahoma Sooners 2-0 1,210
8 Villanova Wildcats 4-0 1,153
9 North Carolina Tar Heels 3-1 1,141
10 Gonzaga Bulldogs 2-0 1,138
11 Arizona Wildcats 4-0 970
12 Virginia Cavaliers 4-1 872
13 Indiana Hoosiers 3-0 846
14 California Golden Bears 3-0 746
15 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 5-0 724
16 Purdue Boilermakers 5-0 550
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-0 480
18 Connecticut Huskies 3-0 432
19 Vanderbilt Commodores 3-0 431
20 Wichita State Shockers 2-1 423
21 Oregon Ducks 4-0 369
22 LSU Tigers 3-0 285
23 Xavier Musketeers 3-0 143
24 Cincinnati Bearcats 4-0 110
25 Texas A&M Aggies 4-0 100
25 SMU Mustangs 3-0 100
Also Receiving Votes: Utah 95, George Washington 85, Baylor 81, West Virginia 69, Butler 59, Louisville 40, Northern Iowa 23, Iowa 20, Dayton 18, Tulsa 17, Colorado State 13, Providence 8, Georgetown 4, Michigan 3, Valparaiso 2, Washington 1, Chattanooga 1
Dropped: Utah 16, Baylor 20, Butler 22, Michigan 24

Coaches' Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (28) 4-0 772
2 Maryland (3) 3-0 736
3 Duke 4-1 623
4 Michigan State 3-0 614
5 Iowa State 2-0 610
6 Oklahoma 2-0 561
7 Kansas 1-1 555
8 North Carolina 3-1 554
9 Villanova 4-0 552
10 Arizona 4-0 530
11 Gonzaga 2-0 492
12 Virginia 4-1 488
13 California 3-0 377
14 Indiana 3-0 327
15 Purdue 5-0 262
16 Vanderbilt 3-0 260
17 LSU 3-0 220
18 Notre Dame 3-0 218
19 Miami (FL) 5-0 216
20 Wichita St 2-1 200
21 Connecticut 3-0 164
22 West Virginia 3-0 145
23 Oregon 4-0 124
24 Cincinnati 4-0 82
25 Baylor 2-1 77
25 SMU 3-0 100
Also Receiving Votes: Utah 73, Louisville 51, Butler 47, Xavier 44, Texas A&M 41, Michigan 15, George Washington 12, Dayton 10, Tulsa 6, Washington 3, New Mexico 3, Iowa 3, Northern Iowa 3, Davidson 3, Georgetown 1, Colorado State 1
Dropped: Utah 16, Butler 20, Michigan 25