clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Two Routs Equal No. 24 for UC in AP poll

After blasting Texas Southern and Fairleigh Dickinson, the Bearcats inched up one spot in the AP Top 25.

Texas Southern v Cincinnati Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Ripping apart inferior competition does wonders for the self-esteem. However, it doesn’t really make a big impression on the NCAA Tournament resume or improve your team’s national ranking, assuming they are lucky enough to be there.

The Cincinnati Bearcats happen to be one of those teams and after eviscerating Texas Southern and Fairleigh Dickinson they are sporting a shiny 9-2 overall record. However, the AP pollsters did not see fit to reward the Bearcats with much of a bump this week, and that’s understandable. TSU may have been to the NCAA Tournament two years ago, but at just 4-8 overall, the Tigers are far from a feather in the cap. Meanwhile, FDU is one of the worst defensive teams in the country. UC took advantage and set an American Athletic Conference scoring record against the Knights, but it’s still not what might be called a quality win.

In the most recent update of the AP Top 25, UC is ranked No. 24, up one spot from a week ago. The Bearcats have been ranked in four of the six weeks of the season. Last season they were ranked for six weeks of the season total. There are still no other AAC programs on the list, but Xavier, who UC will battle at the end of January, stayed at No. 17. The full poll can be found below.

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (56) 11-0 1,614
2 UCLA (3) 12-0 1,514
3 Kansas 10-1 1,450
4 Baylor (6) 11-0 1,439
5 Duke 10-1 1,385
6 Kentucky 10-1 1,337
7 Gonzaga 11-0 1,211
8 North Carolina 10-2 1,170
9 Creighton 11-0 1,058
10 Louisville 10-1 1,044
11 West Virginia 9-1 937
12 Virginia 9-1 886
13 Butler 10-1 821
14 Wisconsin 10-2 781
15 Purdue 9-2 754
16 Indiana 8-2 719
17 Xavier 9-2 542
18 Arizona 10-2 501
19 Saint Mary's 8-1 389
20 Oregon 10-2 299
21 Florida State 11-1 290
22 South Carolina 9-1 218
23 USC 10-0 212
24 Cincinnati 9-2 202
25 Notre Dame 9-2 188
Also Receiving Votes:Florida 48, Virginia Tech 40, Maryland 27, Seton Hall 15, Oklahoma State 8, Valparaiso 7, Minnesota 6, Miami 5, Northwestern 4, Iowa State 1, Clemson 1, Kansas State 1, Loyola (CHI) 1