Men's Basketball Ranked in National Polls for First Time Since 2006|
Nov. 30, 2009
CINCINNATI - For the first time since the 2005-06 season, the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team is ranked in the Top 25 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Polls. The Bearcats were listed No. 22 in the AP Poll, while earning the No. 24 spot in the Coaches' Poll.
UC was last ranked in the national polls the week of Jan. 9, 2006 when it was No. 25 in the AP Poll. The last time UC was ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll was at the end of the 2004-05 season.
With the UC football team at No. 5 in both polls this week, it marks the first time in UC Athletics history that both the football team and the men's basketball program have been ranked nationally at the same time.
The Bearcats basketball team is off to a 4-1 start under fourth-year head coach Mick Cronin thanks to a second-place finish last week at the EA Sports Maui Invitational. UC advanced to the championship game of the Maui Invitational after knocking off No. 24/24 Vanderbilt, 67-58, and No. 21/22 Maryland, 69-57, in the first two rounds of the tournament before losing to the newly ranked No. 17/16 team in the country, Gonzaga, 61-59 in overtime. The back-to-back wins vs. Vanderbilt and Maryland mark the first time since 1999-00 that UC has beaten nationally-ranked opponents in consecutive games.
Cincinnati returns to the court for the first time since the Maui Invitational tomorrow, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. for a home contest vs. Texas Southern at Fifth Third Arena. Tickets for the game are available at www.CATSTIX.com or by calling the UC Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-CATS-TIX.