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Men's Basketball Moves to 12th in Both Polls

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton Men's Basketball team earned season-best rankings in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls released on Monday. The Bluejays are 12th in both polls, up eight spots in both polls.

Creighton (18-3, 8-1 BIG EAST) made the second-largest leap in this week's AP poll, trailing only the 10-spot improvement for current No. 15, Texas. The No. 12 ranking is the highest Creighton has been in the AP poll since being tabbed No. 12 on January 14, 2013

In the USA Today Coaches poll, Creighton tied No. 7 Cincinnati for the nation's biggest jump. It is the seventh week this season (and fifth straight) that Bluejays have been ranked by the coaches, and No. 12 is the best mark for the Bluejays since being 12th on January 21st, 2013.

With today's inclusion, Creighton has now been ranked in the top-25 of the AP poll in 33 of Greg McDermott's 71 weeks at the helm over the past four seasons.

Both polls had heavy upheaval after a week filled with upsets. Sixteen of the Top-25 teams from a week ago lost at least once, and four of those teams lost twice.

Creighton also jumped two spots to No. 8 in the official NCAA RPI that was released on Monday.

Creighton plays a pair of games this week, beginning with Friday's 8:07 pm home contest vs. DePaul that will air on FOX Sports 1.

Associated Press Poll
Released Feb. 3, 2014
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Syracuse (65)    21-0    1625    2
    2.    Arizona    21-1    1517    1
    3.    Florida    19-2    1482    3
    4.    Wichita State    23-0    1447    4
    5.    San Diego State    19-1    1370    5
    6.    Villanova    19-2    1252    9
    7.    Cincinnati    21-2    1182    13
    8.    Kansas    16-5    1141    6
    9.    Michigan State    19-3    1136    7
    10.    Michigan    16-5    949    10
    11.    Duke    17-5    940    11
    12.    Creighton    18-3    790    20
    13.    Saint Louis    20-2    728    19
    14.    Louisville    18-4    723    12
    15.    Texas    17-4    719    25
    16.    Iowa State    16-4    717    16
    17.    Iowa    17-5    669    15
    18.    Kentucky    16-5    653    11
    19.    Oklahoma State    16-5    420    8
    20.    Virginia    17-5    364    NR
    21.    Oklahoma    17-5    361    23
    22.    Connecticut    17-4    252    NR
    23.    Gonzaga    20-3    237    NR
    24.    Memphis    16-5    114    22
    25.    Pittsburgh    18-4    110    18
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 79, Ohio State 45, VCU 44, SMU 15, New Mexico 12, California 9, UCLA 9, Harvard 4, George Washington 3, LSU 3, Tennessee 2, American 1, Southern Miss 1.

USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll
Released Feb. 3, 2014
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Syracuse (32)    21-0    800    2
    2.    Wichita State    23-0    745    3
    3.    Arizona    21-1    725    1
    4.    Florida    19-2    720    4
    5.    San Diego State    19-1    680    5
    6.    Villanova    19-2    596    9
    7.    Cincinnati    21-2    570    15
    8.    Michigan State    19-3    546    6
    9.    Kansas    16-5    498    7
    10.    Louisville    18-4    474    7
    11.    Duke    17-5    409    16
    12.    Creighton    18-3    404    20
    13.    Iowa    17-5    377    12
    14.    Kentucky    16-5    372    11
    15.    Saint Louis    20-2    362    21
    16.    Michigan    16-5    328    14
    17.    Iowa State    16-4    290    18
    18.    Texas    17-4    287    NR
    19.    Oklahoma State    16-5    227    10
    20.    Gonzaga    20-3    214    24
    21.    Virginia    17-5    197    NR
    22.    Pittsburgh    18-4    99    17
    23.    Oklahoma    17-5    94    25
    24.    Wisconsin    17-5    72    13
    25.    Ohio State    17-5    67    23
Others Receiving Votes: Memphis 58, Connecticut 47, VCU 26, Southern Miss 25, Massachusetts 24, UCLA 20, New Mexico 16, SMU 10, Baylor 7, California 5, Harvard 4, George Washington 2, Saint Joseph’s 1, Toledo 1, Stephen F. Austin 1.
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