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Bearcats Inch Up, Still Out of AP Poll

A 2-0 week against weak competition didn’t improve Cincinnati’s spot in the national rankings all that much.

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The Cincinnati Bearcats’ slow climb back into the AP Top 25 will last at least one more week. The most recent poll was released on Monday and UC was once again on the fringes, but not right in the thick of things.

At 5-1, with that one loss coming against No. 21 Rhode Island, UC has the look of a top 25 team, but last week, winning games against Lipscomb and Samford didn’t do much to raise their reputation to the voters. If you expand the rankings out, UC would be No. 28, receiving 49 votes. They trail Maryland (126) and Notre Dame (85) in the “others receiving votes” group and are nearly 100 votes behind No. 25 West Virginia.

Luckily, the Bearcats have an excellent chance to push their way into next week’s rankings, as they visit No. 19 Iowa State on Thursday.

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (40) 6-0 1,590
2 Villanova (20) 6-0 1,567
3 North Carolina (4) 7-0 1,497
4 Kansas 5-1 1,414
5 Duke 6-1 1,365
6 Virginia 6-0 1,286
7 Xavier 6-0 1,181
8 Gonzaga 6-0 1,112
9 Baylor (1) 6-0 1,068
10 Creighton 6-0 965
11 UCLA 7-0 955
12 Saint Mary's 5-0 866
13 Indiana 4-1 857
14 Louisville 5-1 808
15 Purdue 5-1 687
16 Arizona 5-1 655
17 Wisconsin 5-2 555
18 Butler 6-0 506
19 Iowa State 5-1 389
20 South Carolina 6-0 379
21 Rhode Island 5-1 354
22 Syracuse 4-1 229
23 Oregon 4-2 189
24 Florida 6-1 154
25 West Virginia 4-1 132
Others receiving votes: Maryland 126, Notre Dame 85, Cincinnati 49, Michigan State 28, Ohio State 22, Michigan 13, Temple 8, USC 7, Houston 6, Florida State 5, VCU 5, California 3, Tennessee State 2, Virginia Tech 1, Arkansas State 1, San Diego State 1, Colorado 1, Minnesota 1, Rutgers 1