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Week 18 AP Top 25/Coaches Poll; Cincinnati's Win Over SMU Brings Votes

Cincinnati goes 1-1 and pulls in more votes in both polls.

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With the regular season officially wrapping up, here are your Week 18 AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Polls. Kansas holds the top spot in both polls with Michigan State No. 2 in the AP Poll (No. 3 in the Coaches) and Villanova No. 2 in the Coaches Poll (No. 3 in the AP). Virginia is No. 4 this week in both polls and Xavier is No. 5.

Cincinnati finds themselves on the board, receiving votes in both polls, following a week where the Bearcats went 1-1. Cincinnati was caught sleeping against a hot Houston squad Thursday, but bounced back to beat No. 25 (previously No. 24) SMU yesterday, 61-54.

Cincinnati received six votes in the AP Top 25 and one vote in the Coaches Poll, after not getting any love from the Coaches for weeks. Going 1-1 and still rising in the eyes of the voters points to just how important the win over SMU was, especially in terms of the NCAA Tournament bubble.

We get to see a third round of Cincinnati vs. UConn on Friday when the Bearcats will look to cap off a season sweep of the Huskies, this time in the AAC Conference Tournament. The game will tipoff at 2 PM ET on ESPN2.

AP Top 25

RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Kansas (63) 1623 27-4 1
2 Michigan State (2) 1520 26-5 2
3 Villanova 1480 27-4 3
4 Virginia 1424 24-6 4
5 Xavier 1351 26-4 5
6 Oklahoma 1309 24-6 6
7 North Carolina 1252 25-6 8
8 Oregon 1127 25-6 9
9 West Virginia 1113 24-7 10
10 Indiana 1038 25-6 12
11 Miami (Fla.) 935 24-6 7
12 Utah 898 24-7 13
13 Purdue 798 24-7 15
14 Louisville 647 23-8 11
15 Arizona 626 24-7 18
16 Kentucky 608 23-8 22
17 Texas A&M 574 24-7 20
18 Maryland 544 24-7 14
19 Duke 512 22-9 17
20 Iowa 407 21-9 16
21 Iowa State 374 21-10 21
22 Baylor 262 21-10 19
23 Texas 191 20-11 23
24 California 189 22-9 25
25 SMU 88 25-5 24

Other receiving votes: Wisconsin 62, Dayton 35, St. Mary's 35, Seton Hall 27, Stephen F. Austin 9, Providence 8, Butler 8, Yale 7, Valpariaso 8, Cincinnati 6, St. Bonaventure 6, Gonzaga 5, Akron 4, Temple 4, Notre Dame 3, San Diego State 3, UAB 2, South Dakota St. 1, Texas Tech 1, South Carolina 1, Northern Iowa 1, Wichita St. 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS Prev CHANGE
1 Kansas (29) 27-4 749 1 0
2 Villanova 27-4 696 2 0
3 Michigan St (1) 26-5 692 3 0
4 Virginia 24-6 653 4 0
5 Xavier 26-4 602 5 0
6 Oklahoma 24-6 589 6 0
7 North Carolina 25-6 576 8 1
8 West Virginia 24-7 515 9 1
9 Oregon 25-6 510 10 1
10 Indiana 25-6 490 11 1
11 Miami-Florida 24-6 461 7 -4
12 Utah 24-7 387 13 1
13 Purdue 24-7 377 13 0
14 Arizona 24-7 336 16 2
15 Maryland 24-7 306 12 -3
16 Kentucky 23-8 285 19 3
17 Texas A&M 24-7 274 18 1
18 Iowa 21-9 220 15 -3
19 Iowa St. 21-10 187 20 1
20 Baylor 21-10 177 17 -3
21 Duke 22-9 173 21 0
22 Texas 20-11 124 22 0
23 St. Mary's 26-4 117 24 1
24 California 22-9 72 25 1
25 Wisconsin 20-11 45 26 1

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 52, Notre Dame 42, Seton Hall 39, Texas Tech 36, Providence 28, Pittsburgh 17, Saint Joseph's 17, South Carolina 16, Dayton 14, Valparaiso 6, St Bonaventure 4, Colorado 2, Arkansas-Little Rock 1.