Here we have our Week 7 USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25 Poll. Michigan State sits atop both polls with Kansas ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll and Oklahoma taking the No. 2 spot in the Coaches Poll.
Cincinnati had a nice week last week, winning games against Norfolk State and VCU. The 69-63 win over VCU is certainly the highlight of the week as the Bearcats took down the Rams on the road. As a result, Cincinnati rose one spot in the AP Poll from No. 23 to No. 22. In a bit of a head-scratcher, the Bearcats dropped in the Coaches Poll one spot to No. 21.
That ranking is sure to improve if the Bearcats can pull off a home win against the 9-1 Iowa State Cyclones Tuesday. Iowa State ranks No. 11 in the AP Poll and No. 9 in the Coaches Poll. The Cyclones were ranked in the top-five of both polls just a week ago before suffering their first loss of their season to Northern Iowa on Saturday.
Keeping tabs on Cincinnati's past and future opponents, Xavier is climbing fast, ranked No. 6 in both polls. Butler is No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 12 in the Coaches Poll. George Washington is now ranked No. 20 in both polls, just ahead of the Bearcats, and SMU is No. 18 in the AP Poll. Connecticut is receiving votes outside the Top 25 in each set of rankings.
USA Today Coaches Poll
|Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 38; Utah 35; Pittsburgh 34; Colorado 31; UCLA 22; Oregon 18; Notre Dame 15; Dayton 10; California 8; Arkansas-Little Rock 8; Northern Iowa 5; Texas 5; Florida 4; Indiana 3; Iowa 2; Monmouth 2.|
|1||Michigan State Spartans (64)||12-0||1,623|
|2||Kansas Jayhawks (1)||9-1||1,537|
|7||North Carolina Tar Heels||9-2||1,215|
|11||Iowa State Cyclones||9-1||907|
|15||Duke Blue Devils||9-2||809|
|19||West Virginia Mountaineers||9-1||470|
|20||George Washington Colonials||10-1||366|
|21||Texas A&M Aggies||9-2||327|
|25||South Carolina Gamecocks||10-0||87|
|Others receiving votes: UCLA 49, Connecticut 46, Oregon 34, Gonzaga 33, Colorado 27, Dayton 17, Pittsburgh 16, Northern Iowa 15, Arkansas-Little Rock 14, Vanderbilt 8, Monmouth 6, Iowa 5, Texas 3, Florida 3, Northwestern 2|