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Xavier wins one, loses one, and stays #5

Xavier follows an up and down week by landing right back where they started. Hilariously, someone voted for Dayton in the Top 25.

I made this face all day at work Sunday
I made this face all day at work Sunday
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Heading into Sunday's game it was very possible to envision a situation in which the Musketeers garnered some first place votes for the first time in program history. Coming off a win over then number one Villanova and with multiple top five teams losing games, Xavier was in prime position to ascend to their highest ever level in the polls. Instead, Seton Hall comprehensively (don't be deceived by the final score) thrashed the Musketeers. With one big win in the books and a loss to a team that very well could be ranked, Xavier checks right back in at the number five slot again.

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS
1 Kansas (63) 25-4 1,623
2 Michigan State (2) 24-5 1,510
3 Villanova 25-4 1,479
4 Virginia 22-6 1,405
5 Xavier 25-4 1,356
6 Oklahoma 22-6 1,297
7 Miami (FL) 23-5 1,211
8 North Carolina 23-6 1,205
9 Oregon 23-6 1,065
10 West Virginia 22-7 1,056
11 Louisville 22-7 822
12 Indiana 23-6 819
13 Utah 23-7 751
14 Maryland 23-6 733
15 Purdue 22-7 613
16 Iowa 20-8 572
17 Duke 21-8 495
18 Arizona 22-7 450
19 Baylor 21-8 447
20 Texas A&M 22-7 419
21 Iowa State 20-9 413
22 Kentucky 21-8 405
23 Texas 19-10 338
24 SMU 24-4 196
25 California 21-8 178
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 93, Seton Hall 60, Wichita St 43, Saint Joseph's 29, Notre Dame 14, Texas Tech 12, Cincinnati 4, Vanderbilt 3, Saint Mary's 3, Arkansas-Little Rock 2, Valparaiso 2, Dayton 1, Stephen F. Austin 1
Dropped out: Notre Dame 23.

USA TODAY Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREV HI/LOW
1 Kansas (31) 25-4 799 2 1/7
2 Villanova 25-4 734 1 1/17
3 Michigan St (1) 24-5 733 7 1/13
4 Virginia 22-6 673 3 3/13
5 Xavier 25-4 637 5 4/NR
6 Oklahoma 22-6 623 4 1/8
7 Miami-Florida 23-5 607 11 9/NR
8 North Carolina 23-6 584 6 1/11
9 West Virginia 22-7 518 12 7/23
10 Oregon 23-6 510 13 12/NR
11 Indiana 23-6 434 15 14/NR
12 Maryland 23-6 405 9 2/9
13 Purdue 22-7 330 19 8/24
13 Utah 23-7 330 23 16/NR
15 Iowa 20-8 321 8 4/NR
16 Arizona 22-7 307 10 6/20
17 Baylor 21-8 288 16 13/25
18 Texas A&M 22-7 261 21 5/NR
19 Kentucky 21-8 226 14 1/21
20 Iowa St. 20-9 221 17 2/21
21 Duke 21-8 211 18 3/NR
22 Texas 19-10 187 25 25/NR
23 Wichita St. 23-7 68 28 11/NR
24 St. Mary's 24-4 61 27 25/NR
25 California 21-8 58 32 13/NR
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 52; Notre Dame 42; Seton Hall 39; Texas Tech 36; Providence 28; St. Joseph?s 17; Pittsburgh 17; South Carolina 16; Dayton 14; Valparaiso 6; St. Bonaventure 4; Colorado 2; Arkansas-Little Rock 1.
Dropped out: SNo. 20 Notre Dame, No. 22 Dayton, No. 24 Providence.


Doofus of the Week:

This one is doubly fun. The doofus in question this week is Richard Croome. Good old Rich voted for Dayton this week. Yes, the same Dayton that Xavier obliterated 90-61 earlier this year. Dayton has lost three of their last four and lone win came over a genuinely awful (241st) Saint Louis team in a game in which UD scored 52 points in 45 minutes. Great stuff guys! Dayton followed that up by losing to Rhode Island, a team ranked 95th in the Massey, by 19 at home. Our super observant friend Mr. Croome took in all that evidence and moved Dayton up from off his ballot last week to ranked this week. That could only be the action of someone who is a certifiable...

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