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Despite Marshall Trouble, UC Rises in AP Poll

Even though they needed an escape act last week, the Bearcats are up in the AP Top 25.

NCAA Basketball: Marshall at Cincinnati David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati did not exactly look like a ranked powerhouse against Marshall last Thursday. The Bearcats needed overtime and heroic performances from Gary Clark, Jacob Evans and Troy Caupain (who hit the winning shot) to fend off the Thundering Herd, who may be a bit better than their 7-5 record indicates at least offensively. They set a UC opponent record for three-pointers and are ranked No. 41 in adjusted offensive efficiency according to KenPom.

But enough about Marshall, UC is now 10-2 overall as nothing stands in its way before American Athletic Conference play, which opens on Wednesday night at Temple. For their efforts through the first 12 games the Bearcats are ranked No. 23 in the most recent AP poll, a one-spot jump from last week. The full rankings can be found below.

Week 8 AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (56) 12-0 1,614
2 UCLA (3) 13-0 1,518
3 Kansas 11-1 1,461
4 Baylor (6) 12-0 1,458
5 Duke 12-1 1,375
6 Louisville 11-1 1,260
7 Gonzaga 12-0 1,222
8 Kentucky 10-2 1,171
9 North Carolina 11-2 1,113
10 Creighton 12-0 1,049
11 West Virginia 11-1 933
12 Virginia 10-1 892
13 Butler 11-1 837
14 Wisconsin 11-2 772
15 Purdue 11-2 745
16 Indiana 10-2 709
17 Xavier 10-2 548
18 Arizona 11-2 512
19 Saint Mary's 10-1 407
20 Florida State 12-1 326
21 Oregon 11-2 321
22 USC 13-0 248
23 Cincinnati 10-2 207
24 Notre Dame 10-2 204
25 Florida 9-3 76
Others receiving votes: Maryland 40, Virginia Tech 37, Seton Hall 18, Clemson 12, Minnesota 8, Miami 8, Oklahoma State 7, Northwestern 5, South Carolina 4, UNC Wilimington 3, Arkansas 3, Iowa State 2