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Week 15 AP Top 25/Coaches Poll; Cincinnati Receives Votes in the AP Top 25

Yay, votes!

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Here is your AP Top 25 Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll for Week 15 in college basketball. With the regular season rapidly approaching it's final weeks, Villanova sits atop both polls with Kansas the only other team to earn first-place votes. The Jayhawks rank No. 2 in both rankings. Oklahoma takes No. 3 in the AP Poll, followed by Iowa and North Carolina, to round out the top five. North Carolina and Maryland are No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, behind the No. 3 Sooners in the Coaches Poll.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, is finally receiving votes again in the AP Top 25, after dropping out of consideration for a couple weeks. The Bearcats are only receiving two votes in the AP Poll, but hey, it's something.

Cincinnati, at 19-7 (9-4) on the season, went 2-0 this past week, defeating UCF, 69-51, and East Carolina, 75-60. Neither team is a real resume booster, but the Bearcats earned the wins nonetheless, displaying some of the grit and resiliency Cincinnati is known for in February and March.

Cincinnati remains on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, but earning some votes in the AP Poll is a step in the right direction. The Bearcats have a huge week this week, with big matchups on the road at Tulsa (Thursday, Feb. 18) and at home against UConn (Saturday, Feb. 20).

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova Wildcats (44) 22-3 1601
2 Kansas Jayhawks (21) 21-4 1578
3 Oklahoma Sooners 20-4 1471
4 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-5 1349
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 21-4 1343
6 Maryland Terrapins 22-4 1248
7 Virginia Cavaliers 20-5 1188
8 Xavier Musketeers 22-3 1174
8
Michigan State Spartans 21-5 1174
10 West Virginia Mountaineers
20-5 1094
11 Miami-Florida Hurricanes
20-4 1036
12 Arizona Wildcats
21-5 823
13 Iowa State Cyclones
18-7 742
14 Kentucky Wildcats
19-6 692
15 Dayton Flyers
21-3 681
16 Oregon Ducks
20-6 529
17 Purdue Boilermakers
20-6 497
18 Louisville Cardinals
19-6 494
19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
18-7 489
20 Duke Blue Devils
19-6 462
21 SMU Mustangs
21-3 441
22 Indiana Hoosiers
20-6 232
23 Providence Friars
19-7 125
24 Texas Longhorns
16-9 123
25 Baylor Bears
18-7 97

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 90, Utah 75, Saint Joseph's 57, Wisconsin 47, South Carolina 39, USC 38, Michigan 17, Syracuse 17, Wichita St 14, Stony Brook 13, Monmouth 10, California 8, Hawaii 5, UNC Wilmington 4, San Diego State 3, Yale 3, Cincinnati 2
Dropped from rankings: Texas A&M 15, USC 23, Wichita St 25

USA Today Coaches PoIl

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova (25) 22-3 785
2 Kansas (7) 21-4 764
3 Oklahoma 20-4 680
4 North Carolina 21-4 674
5 Maryland 22-4 636
6 Iowa 20-5 624
7 Xavier 22-3 615
8 Virginia 20-5 489
9 Michigan State 21-5 560
10 Miami 20-4 558
11 West Virginia 20-5 488
12 Arizona 21-5 425
13 Dayton 21-3 382
14 Kentucky 19-6 346
15 Iowa State 18-7 319
16 Purdue 20-6 298
17 Oregon 20-6 259
18 Notre Dame 18-7 203
19 Duke 19-6 183
20 Providence 19-7 161
21 Indiana 20-6 154
22 Baylor 18-7 109
23 South Carolina 21-4 108
24 Texas A&M 18-7 106
25 Texas 16-9 73

Others receiving votes: Utah 60, Wisconsin 32, Wichita St 30, Michigan 29, USC 26, Gonzaga 26, Saint Joseph's 17, Pittsburgh 16, California 15, LSU 13, Saint Mary's 13, Seton Hall 11, Hawaii 7, Florida 5, Texas Tech 5, Syracuse 3, Valparaiso 1, Stony Brook 1, Monmouth 1
Dropped from rankings: USC 23, Wichita St 24