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Xavier ranked #23 by the AP

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It took a couple of weeks, but Xavier is up into the AP rankings.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

We've been quick to demean the media polls for all their myriad flaws, but there's something viscerally nice about having that little number next to the school name. For now, anyway, Xavier has achieved that. After beating Miami (Oh) and Missouri with a little bit more effort than most thought it would take, Xavier went to Michigan and hammered the favored Wolverines by 16. That apparently caught the eye of enough voters to get Xavier up to the #23 spot in the AP poll this week. Interestingly enough, that number is very close to the #22 that KenPom has Xavier at right now.Thanksgiving and all of the recent pitfalls it has brought loom, but for now some people are finally recognizing how good the Musketeers are.

AP Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky Wildcats (59) 4-0 1,619
2 Maryland Terrapins (6) 3-0 1,518
3 Michigan State Spartans 3-0 1,448
4 Iowa State Cyclones 2-0 1,297
5 Kansas Jayhawks 1-1 1,243
6 Duke Blue Devils 4-1 1,238
7 Oklahoma Sooners 2-0 1,210
8 Villanova Wildcats 4-0 1,153
9 North Carolina Tar Heels 3-1 1,141
10 Gonzaga Bulldogs 2-0 1,138
11 Arizona Wildcats 4-0 970
12 Virginia Cavaliers 4-1 872
13 Indiana Hoosiers 3-0 846
14 California Golden Bears 3-0 746
15 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 5-0 724
16 Purdue Boilermakers 5-0 550
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-0 480
18 Connecticut Huskies 3-0 432
19 Vanderbilt Commodores 3-0 431
20 Wichita State Shockers 2-1 423
21 Oregon Ducks 4-0 369
22 LSU Tigers 3-0 285
23 Xavier Musketeers 3-0 143
24 Cincinnati Bearcats 4-0 110
25 Texas A&M Aggies 4-0 100
25 SMU Mustangs 3-0 100
Also Receiving Votes: Utah 95, George Washington 85, Baylor 81, West Virginia 69, Butler 59, Louisville 40, Northern Iowa 23, Iowa 20, Dayton 18, Tulsa 17, Colorado State 13, Providence 8, Georgetown 4, Michigan 3, Valparaiso 2, Washington 1, Chattanooga 1
Dropped: Utah 16, Baylor 20, Butler 22, Michigan 24