CINCINNATI – Xavier climbed to its highest rankings ever - No. 4 and No. 5 - in the college basketball polls Monday. But none of the voters think they're No. 1.
The Musketeers did not get any first-place votes, though, despite the fact that they have a better record than all the teams ranked ahead of them.
Big East foe Villanova (20-3), which handed Xavier one of its losses, is the new No. 1 in both polls, followed by Maryland (21-3) and Oklahoma (19-3). Xavier and Iowa (19-4) seesaw in the next two spots. Iowa got 11 first-place votes in the AP poll and three in the coaches poll.
Five teams got first-place votes in the AP poll and seven in the coaches poll.
Xavier is seventh in the NCAA Official RPI.
Xavier became the first Division I team to reach 20 wins last week. The Musketeers play at Creighton (15-9) on Tuesday.