Here are the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Polls for Week 14 in college basketball. Villanova is the new No. 1 with Oklahoma dropping to No. 3 in both polls. Maryland is ranked second in both polls with Iowa and Xavier rounding out both top fives. Xavier, who topped Cincinnati earlier this season, is No. 5 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the Coaches Poll.
Cincinnati finished last week 1-1 with a dominating win over South Florida and a tough road loss to Memphis. With the Bearcats falling to 17-7 (7-4), Cincinnati returns to the outskirts of postseason contention, much less the Top 25 polls. The loss to Memphis breaks a four-game win streak for the Bearcats as Cincinnati was playing well. Nonetheless, Cincinnati remains outside the reach of the polls, not receiving any votes.
With Cincinnati on the edge of tournament contention, there is added value in key wins and losses. Between Xavier, Iowa State and SMU, the Bearcats have a couple tough losses to top 25 teams. Cincinnati will have another shot at the Mustangs and have the opportunity to sweep Connecticut, who is receiving a couple votes in the AP Top 25.
Cincinnati is back on the floor tomorrow against UCF in Orlando, Florida, in a game the Bearcats need to win.
AP Top 25
|1||Villanova Wildcats (32)||20-3||1,566|
|2||Maryland Terrapins (13)||21-3||1,499|
|3||Oklahoma Sooners (7)||19-3||1,472|
|4||Iowa Hawkeyes (11)||19-4||1,471|
|6||Kansas Jayhawks (1)||19-4||1,311|
|7||Virginia Cavaliers (1)||19-4||1,223|
|8||Michigan State Spartans||20-4||1,144|
|9||North Carolina Tar Heels||19-4||1,136|
|10||West Virginia Mountaineers||19-4||1,082|
|14||Iowa State Cyclones||17-6||781|
|15||Texas A&M Aggies||18-5||663|
|25||Wichita State Shockers||17-6||132|
|Others receiving votes: South Carolina 128, Indiana 91, Notre Dame 75, San Diego State 22, Duke 14, Seton Hall 14, Gonzaga 10, LSU 10, VCU 10, Valparaiso 9, Stony Brook 8, Saint Mary's 6, Saint Joseph's 5, UNC Wilmington 4, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Chattanooga 2, Connecticut 2, George Washington 2, Michigan 1, Monmouth 1|
USA Today Coaches Poll
|8||North Carolina (1)||19-4||599|
|9||Michigan State (1)||20-4||567|
|Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 63, Gonzaga 53, Duke 40, Saint Mary's 28, Pittsburgh 25, Seton Hall 21, Valparaiso 14, Louisville 12, Monmouth 12, Utah 12, VCU 8, LSU 5, Saint Joseph's 2, Stony Brook 1, California 1, Clemson 1, Arkansas-Little Rock 1|