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Bearcats Up to No. 22 in AP Poll

It appears it will be a slow climb up the rankings.

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

A perfect start to American Athletic Conference play has only made a minor impact on the Cincinnati Bearcats’ ranking in the world. Following two very different wins (a 56-50 slogfest against Temple and a 92-56 drubbing of Tulane), UC is now 12-2 overall and tied with four other teams atop the AAC standings with a 2-0 mark against league foes.

That resume is enough to move UC up in the AP Top 25, although by a small amount yet again. The Bearcats are now No. 22 in the poll, after moving up to No. 23 a week ago. If they can maintain a position in the poll next week, they will have matched their total for weeks ranked from a year ago, when they enjoyed such a status for six weeks.

Once again no other AAC team was in the rankings, but SMU (12-3, 2-0), Houston (11-3, 2-0) and UCF (11-3, 2-0) could change that as conference play continues, especially the Mustangs, who have won eight straight.

The full AP poll can be found below.

Week 9 AP Top 25

Rank TEAM RECORD PTS
Rank TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (59) 14-0 1,619
2 Baylor (6) 13-0 1,532
3 Kansas 12-1 1,503
4 UCLA 14-1 1,406
5 Gonzaga 14-0 1,357
6 Kentucky 11-2 1,280
7 West Virginia 12-1 1,179
8 Duke 12-2 1,090
9 Louisville 12-2 1,063
10 Creighton 13-1 1,015
11 Virginia 11-2 954
12 Florida State 14-1 902
13 Wisconsin 12-2 865
14 North Carolina 12-3 785
15 Oregon 13-2 771
16 Xavier 12-2 634
17 Arizona 13-2 613
18 Butler 12-2 477
19 Saint Mary's 12-1 416
20 Purdue 12-3 405
21 Virginia Tech 12-1 293
22 Cincinnati 12-2 258
23 Notre Dame 12-2 250
24 Florida 10-3 193
25 Indiana 10-4 74
25 USC 14-1 74
Others receiving votes: Minnesota 56, Clemson 23, Miami 16, Maryland 6, Kansas State 5, Seton Hall 3, Iowa State 3, Northwestern 2, VCU 2, UNC Wilimington 1