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Xavier moves up to #3 in the AP poll, best ranking in program history

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The Musketeers’ momentum continues to build with March just around the corner.

Villanova v Xavier Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Coaches’ Poll isn’t out as of the time this post was sent to the presses, but the AP has published their top 25, and the Muskies are prominent.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Virginia (48) 26-2 1,608
2 Michigan State (17) 28-3 1,571
3 Xavier 25-4 1,422
4 Villanova 25-4 1,416
5 Duke 24-5 1,362
6 Kansas 23-6 1,272
7 Gonzaga 27-4 1,231
8 Purdue 26-5 1,178
9 North Carolina 22-7 1,140
10 Cincinnati 25-4 1,013
11 Wichita State 23-5 945
12 Texas Tech 22-7 887
13 Ohio State 24-7 791
14 Auburn 24-5 781
15 Michigan 24-7 753
16 Tennessee 21-7 564
17 Rhode Island 23-4 558
18 Clemson 21-7 499
19 Arizona 22-7 450
20 West Virginia 21-8 429
21 Nevada 25-5 386
22 Saint Mary's 27-4 318
23 Kentucky 20-9 174
24 Middle Tennessee 23-5 144
25 Houston 22-6 45

Many of us who read (and write) here came up in a time that X was listed as Xavier (OH) and was subject to only occasional national attention. Many of us remember Tim Whelan’s ill-fated wait for dental care as he vowed not to have the tooth he broke off in Semaj’s elbow repaired until the Muskies cracked the top 25.

We’ve spent a lot of time and digital ink crapping on the polls as so inaccurate that they’re basically useless, and I think we stand by that. They’re not much as a measure of a team’s quality, but they are more effective in assessing a team’s standing in the national consciousness. There, Xavier continues to rise.