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Bearcats Fall to No. 18 in AP Poll

Losing to SMU knocked Cincinnati down several pegs.

NCAA Basketball: Cincinnati at Southern Methodist Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

After suffering their third loss of the season, the Cincinnati Bearcats took a giant step back in the nationally rankings, falling from No. 11 in the AP poll to No. 18. It is the lowest they have been ranked since the Jan. 23 poll update then they stood at No. 19.

Coincidentally, that No. 19 spot is now housed by SMU, which lifted itself up from No. 25 with a win over the then No. 11 Bearcats on Sunday. So now two teams that have been sharing the same zip code in the American Athletic Conference standings are in the same position on a national level.

As for the rest of the poll, despite the NCAA Tournament selection committee's choices, Gonzaga, Villanova, Kansas, Baylor and now Arizona make up the top five. With UCLA and Oregon at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, the top 10 is littered with Pac-12 teams, while the ACC has two in the fold (Louisville at No. 8 and North Carolina at No. 10).

The rest of the poll can be found below.

AP Top 25 Week 15

RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD Prev
RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD Prev
1 Gonzaga (60) 1,620 26-0 1
2 Villanova (5) 1,564 24-2 2
3 Kansas 1,493 22-3 3
4 Baylor 1,394 22-3 6
5 Arizona 1,301 23-3 9
6 UCLA 1,276 23-3 10
7 Oregon 1,229 22-4 5
8 Louisville 1,204 20-5 4
9 West Virginia 1,012 20-5 13
10 North Carolina 1,005 21-5 8
11 Wisconsin 868 21-4 7
12 Duke 857 20-5 18
13 Kentucky 854 20-5 15
14 Virginia 825 18-6 12
15 Florida 717 20-5 17
16 Purdue 682 20-5 16
17 Florida State 665 21-5 14
18 Cincinnati 634 22-3 11
19 SMU 415 22-4 25
20 Creighton 298 21-4 23
21 South Carolina 296 20-5 19
22 Saint Mary's (Cal) 269 22-3 20
23 Maryland 136 21-4 21
24 Butler 129 19-6 22
25 Notre Dame 122 19-7 NR
Others receiving votes: Wichita State 87, Xavier 72, Northwestern 60,Southern Cal 16, VCU 14, Dayton 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Monmouth 2, Oklahoma State 1, Vermont 1