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Xavier finally getting some love from the AP

Xavier did not make an appearance on this week's top 25, but they are getting closer.

"If we get ranked again, we promise not to punch anyone."
"If we get ranked again, we promise not to punch anyone."
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier's split of tough Big East road games on the week landed them in the "receiving votes" section of the AP Poll for the second time this season. The Top 25 looks like this:

RANK TEAM Record POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 21-0 1625 1
2 Gonzaga Bulldogs 22-1 1503 3
3 Virginia Cavaliers 19-1 1470 2
4 Duke Blue Devils 18-3 1416 4
5 Wisconsin Badgers 19-2 1381 5
6 Arizona Wildcats 20-2 1338 6
7 Villanova Wildcats 19-2 1209 7
8 Kansas Jayhawks 18-3 1177 9
9 Louisville Cardinals 18-3 1114 10
10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 20-3 1072 8
11 Iowa State Cyclones 16-4 892 15
12 North Carolina Tar Heels 17-5 861 13
13 Utah Utes 17-4 824 11
14 Northern Iowa Panthers 20-2 792 18
15 West Virginia Mountaineers 18-3 779 17
16 Wichita State Shockers 19-3 678 12
17 Maryland Terrapins 18-4 508 16
18 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 17-4 479 14
19 Baylor Bears 16-5 420 20
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 17-5 358 28
21 Oklahoma Sooners 14-7 312 24
22 Butler Bulldogs 16-6 250 25
23 SMU Mustangs 18-4 221 28
24 Georgetown Hoyas 16-6 162 21
25 Texas Longhorns 14-7 106 19

As you can see, Virginia's first loss of the season drops them to 3rd while Gonzaga moves up after beating Memphis and Portland, who are both bad. Xavier is 9th on the list of teams receiving votes, while Seton Hall sits second and former opponents Stephen F. Austin, Providence, and Murray St. make up three of the next four spots after Xavier. With some winnable games coming up, Xavier will be looking to crack the top 25 for the first time since December of 2011, when they ranked 14th before the post-brawl malaise took its toll.