Men's Basketball Tabbed No. 21 in Preseason AP Poll
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Oct. 28, 2011

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team is ranked No. 21 in the 2011-12 Associated Press preseason poll released Friday. It marks the Bearcats' first preseason ranking in the AP Poll since garnering a No. 18 ranking prior to the start of the 2003-04 campaign.

UC's preseason ranking is the highest the Bearcats have been listed in any AP poll since earning a No. 19 ranking during the fifth poll of the 2009-10 season.

Last week, the Bearcats were tabbed No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN preseason coaches' poll. It was the highest UC has been listed the preseason coaches' poll since the 2003-04 season when it was listed No. 19.

Six UC 2011-12 opponents also gained preseason recognition in the AP poll, including No. 4 Connecticut, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 9 Louisville, No. 10 Pittsburgh, No. 14 Xavier and No. 22 Marquette.

The Bearcats play host to McGill University (Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. ET) and Northern Kentucky University (Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.) in exhibition games before opening the regular season against Alabama State on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena. The Alabama State contest also will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio.

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Preseason Associated Press Poll
1. North Carolina (62)
2. Kentucky
3. Ohio State (1)
4. Connecticut (2)
5. Syracuse
6. Duke
7. Vanderbilt
8. Florida
9. Louisville
10. Pittsburgh
11. Memphis
12. Baylor
13. Kansas
14. Xavier
15. Wisconsin
16. Arizona
17. UCLA
18. Michigan
19. Alabama
20. Texas A&M
21. Cincinnati
22. Marquette
23. Gonzaga
24. California
25. Missouri

Others receiving votes: Florida State 131, Michigan State 128, Temple 69, Washington 44, New Mexico 33, Butler 25, Texas 21, Villanova 14, Creighton 12, Purdue 10, Belmont 8, Drexel 8, UNLV 7, Saint Mary's 6, George Mason 5, West Virginia 4, Long Beach State 3, Miami (FL) 3, Harvard 2, Illinois 2, Marshall 1, Minnesota 1, San Diego State 1.

USA Today/ESPN Preseason Coaches Poll
1. North Carolina (30)
2. Kentucky (1)
3. Ohio State
4. Connecticut
5. Syracuse
6. Duke
7. Vanderbilt
8. Louisville
9. Memphis
10. Florida
11. Pittsburgh
12. Baylor
13. Kansas
14. Wisconsin
15. Xavier
16. Arizona
17. Alabama
18. Michigan
19. Texas A&M
20. UCLA
21. Marquette
22. Cincinnati
23. Gonzaga
24. California
25. Missouri

Others receiving votes: Florida State 108, Texas 107, Michigan State 73, Temple 59, Washington 29, Butler 25, New Mexico 22, Creighton 19, Villanova 18, Purdue 17, UNLV 16, West Virginia 13, George Mason 12, Mississippi State 11, St. John's 11, Saint Mary's 5, Virginia 5, Virginia Commonwealth 4, Drexel 2, Kansas State 2, Long Beach State 2, Notre Dame 1, Brigham Young 1