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Xavier, UC combine to make AP poll history, while Ohio State rises, UK falls out

Cincinnati's Cane Broome, right, drives against Xavier's Paul Scruggs (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) - For the first time in the history of the Associated Press men's basketball poll Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati are in the top five at the same time in the poll that was released on Monday.

Xavier (23-3) achieved its highest ranking ever at No. 4, while UC (23-2) is No. 5, marking the first time since the final poll of the 2001-02 season that the Bearcats are ranked in the top five.

Xavier was ranked No. 5 in last week's poll, but the top three teams last week (Villanova, Virginia and Purdue) all lost.

Virginia moved to the top spot in the poll despite its loss, garnering 30 first-place votes. Villanova fell from No. 1 to No. 3 with Michigan State moving up from No. 4 to No. 2.

The Musketeers earned five first-place votes.

UC won both of its games last week - over UCF and SMU - to run its winning streak to 16 straight games.

The Bearcats moved up from No. 6 last week, while Purdue fell from No. 3 to No. 6.

Ohio State (22-5), which beat Purdue last Wednesday, moved all the way up to No. 8 from No. 13 a week ago.

The University of Kentucky fell out of the poll after being ranked 24th last week. The Wildcats (17-8) lost both games they played last week and have lost three in a row.

It's the first time Virginia has climbed to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 in more than 35 years, since December of 1982-- the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson.





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