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Xavier retains fifth in the polls, but all eyes are on tournaments

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The polls are out again, but in less than a week the only numbers that matter will be one through 16.

Even UAB's coach is aghast someone voted for them
Even UAB's coach is aghast someone voted for them
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

This will be our last poll update of the year. Yes, the polls will continue to come out, but you may be aware that next Sunday is something of a national holiday. We are firmly into the real Most Wonderful Time of the Year now, and the reality is that the polls really have no bearing on anything that happens after Selection Sunday. That said, it's time to recognize that this is the longest a Xavier team has ever been a fixture at the top. A team that was picked to finish fourth in the Big East ends the regular season ranked fifth in the nation. That's amazing, and hopefully it isn't the end of the story.

AP Poll

RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Kansas (63) 1623 27-4 1
2 Michigan State (2) 1520 26-5 2
3 Villanova 1480 27-4 3
4 Virginia 1424 24-6 4
5 Xavier 1351 26-4 5
6 Oklahoma 1309 24-6 6
7 North Carolina 1252 25-6 8
8 Oregon 1127 25-6 9
9 West Virginia 1113 24-7 10
10 Indiana 1038 25-6 12
11 Miami (Fla.) 935 24-6 7
12 Utah 898 24-7 13
13 Purdue 798 24-7 15
14 Louisville 647 23-8 11
15 Arizona 626 24-7 18
16 Kentucky 608 23-8 22
17 Texas A&M 574 24-7 20
18 Maryland 544 24-7 14
19 Duke 512 22-9 17
20 Iowa 407 21-9 16
21 Iowa State 374 21-10 21
22 Baylor 262 21-10 19
23 Texas 191 20-11 23
24 California 189 22-9 25
25 SMU 88 25-5 24

Other receiving votes: Wisconsin 62, Dayton 35, St. Mary's 35, Seton Hall 27, Stephen F. Austin 9, Providence 8, Butler 8, Yale 7, Valpariaso 8, Cincinnati 6, St. Bonaventure 6, Gonzaga 5, Akron 4, Temple 4, Notre Dame 3, San Diego State 3, UAB 2, South Dakota St. 1, Texas Tech 1, South Carolina 1, Northern Iowa 1, Wichita St. 1

Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS Prev CHANGE
1 Kansas (29) 27-4 749 1 0
2 Villanova 27-4 696 2 0
3 Michigan St (1) 26-5 692 3 0
4 Virginia 24-6 653 4 0
5 Xavier 26-4 602 5 0
6 Oklahoma 24-6 589 6 0
7 North Carolina 25-6 576 8 1
8 West Virginia 24-7 515 9 1
9 Oregon 25-6 510 10 1
10 Indiana 25-6 490 11 1
11 Miami-Florida 24-6 461 7 -4
12 Utah 24-7 387 13 1
13 Purdue 24-7 377 13 0
14 Arizona 24-7 336 16 2
15 Maryland 24-7 306 12 -3
16 Kentucky 23-8 285 19 3
17 Texas A&M 24-7 274 18 1
18 Iowa 21-9 220 15 -3
19 Iowa St. 21-10 187 20 1
20 Baylor 21-10 177 17 -3
21 Duke 22-9 173 21 0
22 Texas 20-11 124 22 0
23 St. Mary's 26-4 117 24 1
24 California 22-9 72 25 1
25 Wisconsin 20-11 45 26 1

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 52, Notre Dame 42, Seton Hall 39, Texas Tech 36, Providence 28, Pittsburgh 17, Saint Joseph's 17, South Carolina 16, Dayton 14, Valparaiso 6, St Bonaventure 4, Colorado 2, Arkansas-Little Rock 1.

Doofus of the Week/Year:

Give Chuck McGill some credit, he's appearing here for the second time because he just loves him some UAB. The Blazers are 78th in the RPI, 108th in KenPom, and have only three top 100 wins this year. No, Chuck, no! Bad Chuck! The Blazers haven't played a team with a double digit ranking in over three months. This pick is 100% indefensible unless someone has kidnapped McGill's kids and won't let them go unless he votes UAB. It's fitting that on the last edition, someone crowns himself the king

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