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Xavier up to 6th in both polls

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The secret is now officially out: Xavier is very, very good this year.

Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

It's a heady time to be a Xavier fan. The Musketeers are up to sixth in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Poll this week. Both of those rankings seem vary fair in light of their #7 ranking in the KenPom, but fall short of the third (!) Xavier now sits in the Massey Composite. Xavier plays in the Skip Prosser Classic tomorrow to honor a man who made a huge impact on this program and its development. In Skip's second year, the team went 13-15 and lost to Ohio by 31 as freshman guards Lenny Brown and Gary Lumpkin struggled to find their footing. Skip stayed the course and now, as the team prepares to play in a game named for him, the program that he gave the final shove down the track is ranked the highest it has ever been.

AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State Spartans (64) 12-0 1,623
2 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 9-1 1,537
3 Oklahoma Sooners 8-0 1,495
4 Maryland Terrapins 10-1 1,428
5 Virginia Cavaliers 9-1 1,350
6 Xavier Musketeers 11-0 1,287
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 9-2 1,215
8 Arizona Wildcats 11-1 1,056
9 Butler Bulldogs 9-1 947
10 Providence Friars 11-1 911
11 Iowa State Cyclones 9-1 907
12 Kentucky Wildcats 9-2 856
13 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 9-1 851
14 Purdue Boilermakers 11-1 833
15 Duke Blue Devils 9-2 809
16 Louisville Cardinals 9-1 652
17 Villanova Wildcats 8-2 649
18 SMU Mustangs 9-0 628
19 West Virginia Mountaineers 9-1 470
20 George Washington Colonials 10-1 366
21 Texas A&M Aggies 9-2 327
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 10-2 315
23 Baylor Bears 8-2 141
24 Utah Utes 9-2 107
25 South Carolina Gamecocks 10-0 87
Others receiving votes: UCLA 49, Connecticut 46, Oregon 34, Gonzaga 33, Colorado 27, Dayton 17, Pittsburgh 16, Northern Iowa 15, Arkansas-Little Rock 14, Vanderbilt 8, Monmouth 6, Iowa 5, Texas 3, Florida 3, Northwestern 2

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st PREV
1 Michigan St 12-0 773 29 1
2 Oklahoma 8-0 718 2 3
3 Kansas 9-1 716 0 5
4 Maryland 10-1 687 0 7
5 Virginia 9-1 646 0 9
6 Xavier 11-0 603 0 10
7 North Carolina 9-2 520 0 11
8 Arizona 11-1 517 0 12
9 Iowa St. 9-1 506 0 2
10 Duke 9-2 455 0 6
11 Kentucky 9-2 441 0 4
12 Butler 9-1 410 0 18
13 Purdue 11-1 378 0 8
14 Providence 11-1 376 0 14
15 Louisville 9-1 371 0 16
16 Miami-Florida 9-1 323 0 19
17 Villanova 8-2 310 0 13
18 West Virginia 9-1 301 0 16
19 Texas A&M 9-2 169 0 24
20 George Washington 10-1 159 0 22
21 Cincinnati 10-2 153 0 20
22 Baylor 8-2 122 0 14
23 South Carolina 10-0 77 0 25
24 Gonzaga 8-3 59 0 21
25 Vanderbilt 7-3 45 0 23
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 38; Utah 35; Pittsburgh 34; Colorado 31; UCLA 22; Oregon 18; Notre Dame 15; Dayton 10; California 8; Arkansas-Little Rock 8; Northern Iowa 5; Texas 5; Florida 4; Indiana 3; Iowa 2; Monmouth 2.