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Men's Hoops Ranked 25th In AP Poll

Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears earned a spot in the AP Poll Jan. 21, 2008.

Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears earned a spot in the AP Poll Jan. 21, 2008.

WACO, Texas - For the first time since 1969 Baylor's men's basketball team is ranked in the Associated Press poll, earning a No. 25 ranking in the Top 25 poll released Monday.

This marks Baylor first national ranking since Feb. 11, 1969, when the Bears were ranked 19th in the then-Top 20 poll.

"This is well-deserved for the players for what they've done on the court this year," head coach Scott Drew said. "We are so pleased after all the lean years and not being ranked since 1969, it's a great tribute to them. It will be very tough to get the smiles off their faces today."

The Bears boast a 15-2 record and are off to their best start since 1945-46 Southwest Conference championship squad that began 24-2. Baylor has opened 3-0 in the Big 12 Conference (its best start since 1998) and currently stands in a first place tie with No. 2 Kansas atop the league standings.

Baylor, which is also receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, puts its brand new ranking to the test Wednesday, Jan. 23, when it faces No. 18 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. CST at Reed Arena in College Station.

AP Top 25

 1. Memphis (49) 17-0 1,777

 2. Kansas (23) 18-0 1,751

 3. Tennessee 16-1 1,591

 4. Duke 15-1 1,543

 5. North Carolina 18-1 1,536

 6. Washington State 16-1 1,442

 7. Indiana 16-1 1,351

 8. UCLA 16-2 1,312

 9. Georgetown 14-2 1,235

10. Michigan State 16-2 1,175

11. Wisconsin 15-2 1,048

12. Texas 14-3 887

13. Pittsburgh 15-3 781

14. Vanderbilt 17-2 748

15. Butler 17-2 742

16. Dayton 14-2 567

17. Mississippi 15-2 529

18. Villanova 13-3 502

18. Texas A&M 15-3 502

20. Stanford 15-3 444

21. Marquette 13-4 332

22. Drake 16-1 313

23. Xavier 15-4 230

24. Arizona State 14-3 182

25. Baylor 15-2 173

Others Receiving Votes

Saint Mary's 144, Clemson 136, Kansas State 120, West Virginia 90, Florida 49, Massachusetts 47, Gonzaga 32, USC 26, Rhode Island 17, Miami (FL) 15, Louisville 7, Cincinnati 5, South Alabama 5, Oklahoma 4, New Mexico 3, Mississippi State 2, Akron 2, Cleveland State 1, Creighton 1, Maryland 1.

Dropped From Rankings

Miami (FL) 21, Rhode Island 23, Clemson 24.


 

 

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