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Week 16 AP Top 25/Coaches Poll; Cincinnati Still Receiving Votes in the AP Top 25

Cincinnati goes 1-1 last week and earns a third vote in the AP Top 25.

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Here are the Week 16 polls for the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Villanova leads the way nationally in both polls with Kansas ranking No. 2 in both rankings. Virginia and Oklahoma are No. 3 and No. 4 in the Coaches Poll while coming in tied at No. 3 in the AP Poll. Xavier ranks No. 5 in both polls to round out the Top 5.

After pulling themselves into AP Poll consideration last week, earning two votes, Cincinnati used a 1-1 week to earn an additional vote. Three votes in the AP Poll isn't exactly tearing it up, but progress is progress. The Bearcats, at 20-8 (10-5), aren't receiving any votes in the Coaches Poll.

This past week was a gauntlet of sorts for the Bearcats with two tough games against the likes of Tulsa and UConn. Cincinnati lost to Tulsa, on the road, 70-68 in overtime and earned a hard-fought victory over UConn, 65-60, at Fifth Third Arena.

The Bearcats will need to keep winning if they have hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament, regardless of their ranks in these polls. Cincinnati has a relatively quiet week this week with one game, on the road, against East Carolina on Saturday, February 27. Cincinnati won their previous contest, 75-60, on February 13.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova Wildcats (45) 24-3 1,604
2 Kansas Jayhawks (20) 23-4 1,580
3 Virginia Cavaliers 21-5 1,393
3 Oklahoma Sooners 21-5 1,393
5 Xavier Musketeers 24-3 1,368
6 Michigan State Spartans 22-5 1,346
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 22-5 1,241
8 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-6 1,144
9 Arizona Wildcats 22-5 1,028
10 Maryland Terrapins 23-5 976
11 Louisville Cardinals 21-6 902
12 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 21-5 851
13 Oregon Ducks 21-6 842
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 20-7 772
15 Duke Blue Devils 20-7 674
16 Kentucky Wildcats 20-7 627
17 Iowa State Cyclones 19-8 616
18 Indiana Hoosiers 22-6 571
19 Baylor Bears 20-7 521
20 Purdue Boilermakers 21-7 357
21 Texas A&M Aggies 20-7 283
22 Utah Utes 21-7 253
23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 18-8 185
24 SMU Mustangs 22-4 154
25 Texas Longhorns 17-10 104
Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 80, Providence 48, California 34, Wichita St 33, Texas Tech 31, Wisconsin 27, Saint Joseph's 20, VCU 19, South Carolina 12, Hawaii 12, Saint Mary's 10, Valparaiso 3, Cincinnati 3, USC 2, San Diego State 2, UAB 1, Connecticut 1, Arkansas-Little Rock 1, Stephen F. Austin 1
Dropped: Dayton 15, Providence 23

USA TODAY Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st
1 Villanova 24-3 792 25
2 Kansas 23-4 751 7
3 Virginia 21-5 679 0
4 Oklahoma 21-5 668 0
5 Xavier 24-3 652 0
6 North Carolina 22-5 639 0
7 Michigan St 22-5 626 0
8 Iowa 20-6 561 0
9 Maryland 23-5 527 0
10 Arizona 22-5 512 0
11 Miami-Florida 21-5 466 0
12 West Virginia 20-7 366 0
13 Oregon 21-6 365 0
14 Kentucky 20-7 333 0
15 Indiana 22-6 317 0
16 Baylor 20-7 305 0
17 Iowa St. 19-8 304 0
18 Duke 20-7 303 0
19 Purdue 21-7 245 0
20 Notre Dame 18-8 176 0
21 Texas A&M 20-7 172 0
22 Dayton 21-5 121 0
23 Utah 21-7 120 0
24 Providence 19-8 102 0
25 Texas 17-10 66 0
Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina 47; Saint Mary's 42; Wichita State 32; Texas Tech 30; Pittsburgh 18; Wisconsin 15; California 11; St. Joseph?s 10; Seton Hall 6; Southern California 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; Hawaii 3; LSU 3; Michigan 1; St. Bonaventure 1; San Diego State 1.
Dropped: South Carolina 23