Xavier head coach Chris Mack (File photo)
CINCINNATI – Xavier moved into the stratosphere of college basketball ratings this week, while UC climbed back into the Top 10 of both polls.
The Musketeers (25-4) not only climbed to No. 3 - their highest poll position ever - in the Associated Press (writers) poll, they took over No. 2 in NCAA Ratings Percentage Index, a key part of the NCAA Selection Committee's formula for selecting and seeding tournament teams. Xavier stayed No. 4 in the USA Today (coaches) poll.
The Bearcats (25-5) moved up from 11th to 10th in both polls and held their No. 11 spot in the NCAA RPI.
Ohio State (24-7) moved up to 13th in AP and 14th in USAT.
Kentucky (20-9) moved back into the Top 25 in both polls, settling in at No. 23 in AP and No. 25 in USAT.
Ohio State dropped to 18th in RPI while Kentucky stayed 16th. Northern Kentucky in 108th.
Virginia (26-2) is No. 1 in both polls and NCAA RPI. Michigan State (28-3) is No. 2 in both polls, and Duke (24-5) is No. 3 ahead of Xavier in the USAT poll.