The Big East Conference has added its 8th ranked team to the January 3rd Coaches Poll. The undefeated Cincinatti Bearcats are ranked 25th, standing at 14-0. They join (4) Syracuse, (5) Pittsburgh, (7) Villanova, (9) Connecticut, (13) Georgetown, (15) Notre Dame, and (23) Louisville as the other Big East teams in the top 25. There are seven undefeated teams left in the country and for the first time, all are ranked. Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, Syracuse, San Diego State, UCF and the newly ranked Bearcats are the only teams that have walked off the court victorious every night this season.
Connecticut dropped to #9 after losing to Pittsburgh, who moved up to the fifth spot. San Diego State continued its surge up the rankings, as they are now #6 in the nation. Villanova moves up to #7 this week after defeating Temple and Rutgers. Purdue enters the top ten as Georgetown moves out after a loss to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
As the country commences conference play, it will be interesting to see if San Diego State and UCF can move up in the rankings despite their less challenging conferences. January 26th seems to bring forth one of the biggest games in Mountain West Conference history as current #14 BYU takes on #6 San Diego State. Tune in to The Point After for analysis of all things college basketball!