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Men’s College Basketball: The USC Trojans are ranked 23rd in latest AP poll

the 10-0 Trojans moved up 1 spot

NCAA Basketball: Pepperdine at Southern California Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Trojan’s men’s basketball team climbed another spot to number 23 in the latest AP Poll rankings. Last week the Trojans were 24th. The Trojans are off to one of their best starts in almost a half a century and should improve to 11-0 on Monday night when they take on the struggling Cornell Big Red.

Several other teams from the Pac-12 Conference appear in this week’s poll. The UCLA Bruins are ranked 2nd in the nation behind only the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats. The Arizona Wildcats came in at number 18. The 10-2 Oregon Ducks came in at number 20.

The USC Trojans are one of only 6 undefeated teams in the top 25 and are by far the lowest ranked of the bunch as the other five all find themselves in the top 10. In fairness the Trojans’ schedule has not been the toughest so far but expect that to change in just over a week when USC will begin Pac-12 play on December 28th against the Oregon State Beavers followed by a matchup with the ranked Ducks on the 30th.

You can see the full poll below:

MBB AP Top 25, December 19, 2016

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Villanova (56) 11-0 1,614 1
2 UCLA (3) 12-0 1,514 2
3 Kansas 10-1 1,450 3
4 Baylor (6) 11-0 1,439 4
5 Duke 10-1 1,385 5
6 Kentucky 10-1 1,337 6
7 Gonzaga 11-0 1,211 8
8 North Carolina 10-2 1,170 7
9 Creighton 11-0 1,058 10
10 Louisville 10-1 1,044 11
11 West Virginia 9-1 937 12
12 Virginia 9-1 886 13
13 Butler 10-1 821 18
14 Wisconsin 10-2 781 14
15 Purdue 9-2 754 15
16 Indiana 8-2 719 9
17 Xavier 9-2 542 17
18 Arizona 10-2 501 19
19 Saint Mary's (Calif.) 8-1 389 20
20 Oregon 10-2 299 22
21 Florida State 11-1 290 23
22 South Carolina 9-1 218 16
23 Southern California 10-0 212 24
24 Cincinnati 9-2 202 25
25 Notre Dame 9-2 188 21
Also Receiving Votes: Florida 48, Virginia Tech 40, Maryland 27, Seton Hall 15, Oklahoma State 8, Valparaiso 7, Minnesota 6, Miami 5, Northwestern 4, Iowa State 1, Clemson 1, Kansas State 1, Loyola (CHI) 1

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