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Xavier holding fast in the top ten in both polls

Coach Mack wondering what sort of pay raise he could get with a 2-0 week.
Coach Mack wondering what sort of pay raise he could get with a 2-0 week.
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Let's jump right in here:

AP Poll

Rank Team Record Pts Last
1 Michigan State Spartans (64) 13-0 1623 1
2 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 10-1 1534 2
3 Oklahoma Sooners 11-0 1498 3
4 Maryland Terrapins 11-1 1428 4
5 Virginia Cavaliers 10-1 1351 5
6 Xavier Musketeers 12-0 1296 6
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 11-2 1219 7
8 Arizona Wildcats 12-1 1081 8
9 Butler Bulldogs 10-1 984 9
10 Kentucky Wildcats 10-3 963 10
11 Iowa State Cyclones 10-1 938 11
12 Providence Friars 12-1 923 12
13 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 10-1 867 13
14 Purdue Boilermakers 12-1 818 14
15 Duke Blue Devils 9-2 781 15
16 Villanova Wildcats 9-2 643 16
17 SMU Mustangs 11-0 636 17
18 Louisville Cardinals 11-2 516 18
19 West Virginia Mountaineers 10-1 500 19
20 Texas A&M Aggies 9-2 371 20
21 Utah Utes 10-2 224 21
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 10-3 199 22
23 Baylor Bears 9-2 195 23
24 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-0 175 24
25 UCLA Bruins 9-5 51 25
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 49, Oregon 45, Gonzaga 44, Pittsburgh 42, Geo. Wash. 40, Dayton 19, Colorado 15, Monmouth 11, Northwestern 11, Vanderbilt 10, Iowa 7, Texas Tech 6, Texas 4, Florida 4, St. Joseph's 2, Mississippi 1, St. Mary's 1


USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS
1 Michigan St (26) 13-0 746
2 Oklahoma (3) 11-0 707
3 Kansas (1) 10-1 691
4 Maryland 11-2 661
5 Virginia 10-1 627
6 Xavier 12-0 590
7 Arizona 12-1 526
8 North Carolina 1-2 513
9 Iowa St. 10-1 465
10 Butler 10-1 452
10 Kentucky 10-2 452
12 Duke 9-2 422
13 Providence 12-1 380
14 Purdue 12-1 367
15 Miami-Florida 10-1 353
16 Villanova 9-2 299
17 West Virginia 10-1 290
18 Louisville 11-2 242
19 Texas A&M 9-2 212
20 South Carolina 11-0 153
21 Baylor 9-2 140
22 Utah 10-2 89
23 Cincinnati 10-3 87
24 Gonzaga 10-3 79
25 Pittsburgh 10-1 49
Others Receiving Votes Connecticut 46; George Washington 25; UCLA 18; Oregon 17; Notre Dame 15; Vanderbilt 10; Dayton 7; Colorado 5; Texas 4; California 3; Indiana 3; Monmouth 2; Texas Tech 1; Southern California 1; Saint Mary?s 1

Since the last time a poll dropped, it seems like everyone above Xavier was down big or on the ropes, but they all managed to pull their respective Yuletide contests out, so the top is fairly static. On the flip side of that coin, Xavier was also down big against Wake before coming alive and ruining the hopes of everyone ranked #7 or below, so I guess that's just how things go.

This is probably the biggest first week of conference play in Xavier history, playing at 16/16 Villanova before hosting 9/10 Butler. Winning either of those games would be a pretty big ask in isolation, but that's what you would expect of a team that's actually as good as we hope Xavier to be. If the Muskies sweep this week, their case for some #1 votes will be pretty hard to ignore.