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Bearcats Just Outside the Top 10 in AP Poll

Tulsa and Connecticut couldn’t stop this train.

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

The Cincinnati Bearcats have won 14-straight games dating back to December. Winning streaks like that will get you noticed, no matter what conference you play in. For their most recent efforts (a last-second win at Tulsa and an easy victory against UConn), the Bearcats have been lifted to No. 11 in the latest AP Top 25. They now sit behind 10 teams in the rankings and are oh so close to earning a single digit ranking.

Odds are another 2-0 week will get them there, as they face a stout UCF squad on Wednesday before squaring off against SMU, which entered the rankings for the first time this week (No. 25), on the road next Sunday.

UC has now been ranked in 11 weeks this season, including the last 10. That 10-week streak matches the longest of the Mick Cronin era.

Outside of the Bearcats, Gonzaga remains the only undefeated team left in the country and the No. 1 team in the poll, followed by Villanova, Kansas, Louisville and Oregon in the top five. The rest of the poll can be found below.

AP Top 25 Week 14

# Team Points Prev
# Team Points Prev
1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (59) 1,619 1
2 Villanova Wildcats (6) 1,565 4
3 Kansas Jayhawks 1,446 3
4 Louisville Cardinals 1,411 6
5 Oregon Ducks 1,263 13
6 Baylor Bears 1,255 2
7 Wisconsin Badgers 1,232 10
8 North Carolina Tar Heels 1,145 12
9 Arizona Wildcats 1,136 5
10 UCLA Bruins 1,115 11
11 Cincinnati Bearcats 876 14
12 Virginia Cavaliers 875 9
13 West Virginia Mountaineers 861 7
14 Florida State Seminoles 839 15
15 Kentucky Wildcats 741 8
16 Purdue Boilermakers 537 23
17 Florida Gators 530 24
18 Duke Blue Devils 514 21
19 South Carolina Gamecocks 493 19
20 St. Mary's Gaels 468 18
21 Maryland Terrapins 326 17
22 Butler Bulldogs 285 16
23 Creighton Bluejays 207 22
24 Xavier Musketeers 144 -
25 SMU Mustangs 107 -
Others receiving votes: Wichita State 38, Southern Cal 35, Notre Dame 33, Northwestern 11, California 3, Iowa State 3, Monmouth (N.J.) 3, New Mexico State 3, VCU 3, Kansas State 1, Oklahoma State 1, Vermont 1