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Sunday’s Loss Drops Bearcats to No. 18 in AP Poll

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A failure to win on the road cost Cincinnati a higher spot in the polls.

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Shooting 29.6 percent from the floor is not an recipe for many things. Not for basketball wins, blueberry muffins or rising in the national rankings. On Sunday, the Cincinnati Bearcats hit that percentage and failed to collect a road win against the UCF Knights. They likely did not celebrate with a muffin-baking contest.

On Monday, that shooting percentage (and subsequent loss) set the Bearcats back three spots in the AP Top 25, as they are now ranked No. 18 following a rise to No. 15 a week ago. Even though they fell, the Bearcats have now been ranked for 14 weeks this season, eclipsing the total set by the 2012-13 squad and tying the total from the 2004-05 team, the last to play under Bob Huggins.

The full AP poll can be found below.

AP Top 25 Week 16

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kansas (58) 26-3 1,618
2 Villanova (2) 27-3 1,487
3 UCLA (3) 26-3 1,474
4 Gonzaga (2) 29-1 1,419
5 North Carolina 25-5 1,381
6 Oregon 26-4 1,343
7 Arizona 26-4 1,223
8 Louisville 23-6 1,176
9 Kentucky 24-5 1,119
10 West Virginia 23-6 1,041
11 Baylor 23-6 923
12 Florida 23-6 807
13 Butler 23-6 795
14 SMU 25-4 738
15 Florida State 23-6 722
16 Purdue 23-6 651
17 Duke 22-7 622
18 Cincinnati 25-4 504
19 Notre Dame 22-7 482
20 Saint Mary's 26-3 445
21 Wichita State 27-4 250
22 Wisconsin 22-7 206
23 Virginia 19-9 194
24 Iowa State 19-9 168
25 Miami 20-8 123
Also Receiving Votes: Minnesota 66, Oklahoma State 54, Dayton 32, Michigan 14, Middle Tennessee 13, Creighton 12, Southern Cal 7, Michigan State 3, Monmouth 3, Vermont 2, VCU 2, Virginia Tech 2, Arkansas 1, BYU 1, Maryland 1, Princeton 1

In the USA Today Coaches poll, the Bearcats are even lower than the AP version, as they now sit at No. 20, just one spot from American Athletic Conference leader SMU, which is ranked No. 14 in the AP Top 25.

One bright spot from this week’s rankings is that Iowa State has made a return, sitting 24th in both polls. UC defeated the Cyclones 55-54 in overtime on the road earlier this season and a return to form from the Big 12 ballers will be helpful for the Bearcats come Selection Sunday.

As for the very top of the poll, Gonzaga’s first loss of the season sent it down to No. 4 in both rankings, with Kansas taking over the top seat. As you can see above, the AP’s top five is Kansas, Villanova, UCLA, Gonzaga and North Carolina, while the Coaches has the same top five, just with UCLA and Villanova swapped.

The full Coaches poll can be found below.

USA Today/Coaches Poll

# Team Points Prev
# Team Points Prev
1 Kansas Jayhawks (23) 790 3
2 UCLA Bruins (3) 730 5
2 Villanova Wildcats (5) 730 2
4 Gonzaga Bulldogs (1) 686 1
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 663 8
6 Oregon Ducks 653 7
7 Louisville Cardinals 600 6
8 Arizona Wildcats 585 4
9 Kentucky Wildcats 578 10
10 West Virginia Mountaineers 478 13
11 Baylor Bears 461 9
12 Florida Gators 382 12
13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 334 17
14 Duke Blue Devils 315 11
15 Butler Bulldogs 314 22
16 Purdue Boilermakers 299 14
17 Florida State Seminoles 290 20
18 St. Mary's Gaels 273 18
19 SMU Mustangs 269 21
20 Cincinnati Bearcats 210 16
21 Wisconsin Badgers 185 15
22 Wichita State Shockers 140 25
23 Virginia Cavaliers 138 19
24 Iowa State Cyclones 57 29
25 Miami Hurricanes 48 30
Others Receiving Votes: Creighton 44; South Carolina 25; Southern California 21; Middle Tennessee 20; Oklahoma State 16; Dayton 15; Minnesota 10; Maryland 9; Northwestern 8; Xavier 8; Michigan State 7; California 4; Arkansas 2; Michigan 2; Virginia Commonwealth 1.