NCAA Basketball Rankings: George Mason Ranked No. 25 In Latest ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll

George Mason has finally entered a poll, coming in at No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today poll after clinching the CAA regular-season title.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: George Mason Enters Top 25, Georgetown Falls To 17 In ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll

George Mason is on the longest winning streak in the nation (16 games and counting) and as a result they are starting to gain some serious national attention in the latest NCAA Rankings. The voters have finally put the Patriots in the ESPN USA/Today Top 25 poll, as they come in at No. 25 in this week's rankings.

The other ranked team in the area, Georgetown, took a bit of a tumble this week after losing two games and starting point guard Chris Wright to a broken hand. They are now ranked 17th in the ESPN USA/Today Poll, which is pretty remarkable considering that they are just 10-7 in conference. 

Here is the rest of the ESPN/USA Today Poll.

  1. Ohio State (17)
  2. Kansas (14)
  3. BYU
  4. Duke
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Purdue
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Texas
  9. San Diego State
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Louisville
  12. Syracuse
  13. North Carolina
  14. Florida
  15. St. John's 
  16. Connecticut
  17. Georgetown
  18. Arizona
  19. Villanova
  20. Vanderbilt
  21. Utah State
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Kentucky
  24. Missouri 
  25. George Mason

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Xavier 67, Temple 57, UCLA 24, Kansas State 12, Alabama 6, Missouri State 3, Cleveland State 1, Virginia Tech 1

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Georgetown Rises To No. 11, George Mason Receives Votes In AP Top 25 Poll

As the fortunes of local college basketball teams have changed, they have received more attention in the various NCAA basketball rankings. This week, two local teams in particular -- Georgetown and George Mason -- received some love in the AP Top 25 poll.

Riding a six-game winning streak, the Hoyas have moved all the way to No. 11 in the poll, up two spots from last week. The Hoyas have jumped from No. 23 to No. 11 during that stretch, salvaging what could have easily been a lost season. Georgetown remains fifth among Big East teams, trailing No. 4 Pittsburgh, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 9 Villanova and No. 10 Connecticut.

The bigger news, however, is that George Mason is getting close to joining Georgetown in the poll. The Patriots did not jump into the Top 25, but were among the others receiving votes, putting them close to being ranked for the first time since making the Final Four in 2006. George Mason received 19 votes in all, good for 32nd in the rankings.

Here are the complete rankings, via SBNation.com

  1. Ohio State (65)
  2. Kansas
  3. Texas
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Duke
  6. San Diego State
  7. BYU
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Villanova
  10. Connecticut
  11. Georgetown
  12. Syracuse
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Purdue
  15. Arizona
  16. Louisville
  17. Florida
  18. Kentucky
  19. Missouri
  20. North Carolina
  21. Utah State
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Vanderbilt
  24. Temple
  25. West Virginia

Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota (16-7) 88; Wichita State (20-4) 29; Coastal Carolina (22-2) 26; Cincinnati (18-5) 22; St. Mary's (20-4) 22; Alabama (15-7) 21; George Mason (19-5) 19; Washington (15-7) 15; Marquette (14-9) 12; Xavier (16-6) 12; Florida State (16-7) 11; Belmont (22-4) 5; Illinois (15-8) 5; UCLA (16-7) 5; UNLV (17-6) 5; Baylor (15-7) 4; Colorado State (16-7) 2; Texas-El Paso (18-5) 2; Tennessee (15-8) 2; Duquesne (16-6) 1; Cleveland State (21-4) 1; Missouri State (18-6) 1        

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Georgetown Rises Eight Spots To No. 13 In AP Top 25 Poll

No team rose more in this week's AP Top 25 poll than the Georgetown Hoyas. Spearheaded by two huge wins -- a blowout victory over St. John's and a three-point win over Villanova -- the Hoyas climbed all the way from No. 21 to No. 13 in this week's AP Top 25 Poll.

The Hoyas were in danger of slipping out of the rankings entirely, but righted the ship in a big way this week. First, they defeated St. John's 77-52 on Wednesday, a win that carried extra significance when the Red Storm beat then No. 3 Duke 93-78 on Sunday. Then, they went on the road to Villanova and beat the then-No. 8 Wildcats 69-66. Those two wins were enough for Georgetown to make a major leap in the standings. 

The Hoyas are still behind four Big East teams in the rankings. Pittsburgh is at No. 4, Connecticut is at No. 6, Notre Dame is at No. 9 and Villanova is at No. 12, despite the loss to Georgetown. Three other Big East teams are in the top 25, including Louisville, Georgetown's opponent on Monday, at No. 15, Syracuse, which took a tumble to No. 17 after a bad week, and West Virginia, who entered the poll at No. 25. 

The full rankings can be found onSBNation.com.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Georgetown Moves Up To 21 In AP Top 25 Poll

The Georgetown Hoyas held serve -- barely -- against two bottom-feeders on the road, and moved up slightly in the AP Top 25 poll for their efforts. Georgetown was ranked 21st in the poll this week, compared to 22nd in the poll last week. This happened after a week that culminated in a tight road victory over lowly Seton Hall.

Georgetown is the sixth team listed in the poll, behind Pittsburgh (2), Connecticut (5), Villanova (8), Syracuse (10) and Notre Dame (15). Louisville is ranked below Georgetown, coming in at 23. Cincinnati and West Virginia also received votes.

No other local team received any votes, not even George Mason, who got big wins against Drexel and James Madison. Virginia Tech, which is semi-local, received eight votes, but did not make the Top 25. 

Here is the complete poll, via SBNation.com:

1. Ohio St. (63) 20-0 1,623

2. Pittsburgh (1) 19-1 1,528

3. Duke (1) 18-1 1,490

4. San Diego St. 20-0 1,386

5. Connecticut 16-2 1,314

6. Kansas 18-1 1,293

7. Texas 16-3 1,267

8. Villanova 17-2 1,199

9. BYU 19-1 1,095

10. Syracuse 18-2 1,095

11. Missouri 17-3 887

12. Purdue 17-3 881

13. Texas A&M 17-2 847

14. Kentucky 15-4 709

15. Notre Dame 16-4 691

16. Minnesota 15-4 656

17. Wisconsin 15-4 614

18. Washington 15-4 584

19. Vanderbilt 14-4 317

20. Illinois 14-6 279

21. Georgetown 14-5 276

22. Florida St. 15-5 218 

23. Louisville 15-4 203

24. Florida 15-4 169 

25. Michigan St. 12-7 97

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Georgetown Drops To 22nd In AP Top 25 Poll

The Georgetown Hoyas' bad week was enough to drop them way down in the Big East standings. It was not enough, however, to drop them completely out of the AP Top 25 poll.

The Hoyas came in at 22nd in this week's rankings, despite losing to unranked St. John's and West Virginia. Last week, the Hoyas were 13th, so they did suffer a big fall. They have a very good chance of falling out completely if they lose to No. 5 Pittsburgh on Wednesday. 

Here are the complete rankings. Eight Big East teams are in the Top 25. 

  1. Duke
  2. Ohio State
  3. Kansas
  4. Syracuse
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. San Diego State
  7. Villanova
  8. Purdue
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Connecticut
  11. Brigham Young
  12. Texas
  13. Kentucky
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Missouri
  16. Illinois
  17. Washington
  18. Louisville
  19. Temple
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Kansas State
  22. Georgetown
  23. UCF
  24. Georgia
  25. Cincinnati

Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota(12-4) 123; Michigan State(10-5) 118; Baylor(11-3) 111; Florida(12-3) 110; UNLV(13-3) 74; Vanderbilt(11-3) 74; Oklahoma State(13-2) 71; Memphis(12-3) 49; St. Mary's(14-2) 49; North Carolina(11-4) 31; Gonzaga(11-5) 29; West Virginia(10-4) 15; Arizona(14-3) 6; Tennessee(10-5) 4; St. John's(10-4) 4; Old Dominion(12-3) 4; Utah State(14-2) 4; Missouri State(13-3) 2; Virginia Tech(10-4) 2; Wichita State(13-3) 2; Coastal Carolina(14-2) 1; Richmond(13-4) 1

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Georgetown Moves Back Into The Top Ten Of The AP Poll

Last week were all up in arms because Georgetown fell a handful of spots after its loss to Temple. How could it be? Temple is a good team, did Georgetown really deserve to fall all those spots because of that? Well, the AP has remedied that mistake this week, as Georgetown moves all the way back into the top ten.

Was it the impressive wins over Appalachian St. and Loyola (MD) that pushed them back over the top? I don't think either of those wins are marquis enough to move Georgetown all the way back up into the top ten on its own. Maybe the voters at the AP realized that Georgetown just had no business being ranked in the mid-teens. Here are the complete rankings:

1. Duke (64)

2. Ohio St. (1)

3. Kansas

4. Connecticut

5. Syracuse

6. Pittsburgh

7. San Diego St

8. Villanova

9. Missouri

10. Georgetown

11. Kansas St

12. Michigan St

13. Kentucky

14. Purdue

15. Baylor

16. Memphis

17. Minnesota

18. Texas

19. Tennessee

20. Florida

21. Illinois

22. Notre Dame

23. Brigham Young

24. UCF

25. Texas A&M

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Georgetown Falls To 15th After Loss To Temple

Clearly, one loss in December makes a big difference in the AP Top 25 Poll. Despite racing through the rest of their very difficult schedule unscathed, the Georgetown Hoyas fell from ninth to 15th in the latest AP Top 25 Poll after a three-point loss on the road to Temple on Thursday.

I guess this means AP Poll voters are unforgiving. Maybe they forgot that Georgetown has already won at Missouri, at Old Dominion and on a neutral court against North Carolina State. Maybe they forgot that Temple now has won 11 straight games at home. Maybe they forgot that Georgetown was one play away from actually winning the game, assuming Hollis Thompson makes the right decision. Maybe they forgot that Temple was one of the teams that received votes in the Top 25. Regardless, a six-spot drop in the polls seems overly harsh.

Duke remains on top unanimously, followed by Ohio State, Kansas, Connecticut and Syracuse. Here is the full list, via SBNation.com.

  1. Duke (65)
  2. Ohio State
  3. Kansas
  4. Connecticut
  5. Syracuse
  6. Kansas State
  7. Tennessee
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. Baylor
  10. Villanova
  11. San Diego State
  12. Illinois
  13. Missouri
  14. Michigan State
  15. Georgetown
  16. Brigham Young
  17. Kentucky
  18. Memphis
  19. Purdue
  20. Louisville
  21. Minnesota
  22. Texas
  23. UNLV
  24. Notre Dame
  25. Texas A&M
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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Georgetown Holds Steady At No. 16

After a mostly uneventful week that included just one game, the Georgetown Hoyas stayed right where they were in this week's AP Top 25 Poll. The Hoyas are 16th this week, which is exactly what they were last week. It's fitting that they stayed put, considering most other teams played several big games this past week as part of Feast Week.

Georgetown will certainly be moving in some direction in next week's poll. The Hoyas play No. 9 Missouri in Kansas City on Tuesday night.

The biggest news in the Top 25 is Georgetown's conference rival Connecticut jumping from out of the Top 25 to No. 7 due to their performance in the Maui Invitational. Led by Kemba Walker, Connecticut upset two top-10 teams (Michigan State, Kentucky) on their way to the tournament championship.

Here are the full rankings:

1 Duke

2 Ohio State
3 Pittsburgh
4 Kansas
5 Kansas State
6 Michigan State
7 Connecticut
8 Syracuse
9 Missouri
10 Kentucky
11 Baylor
12 Villanova
13 Tennessee
14 Memphis
15 Minnesota
16 Georgetown
17 San Diego State
18 Florida
19 Texas
20 Illinois
21 Brigham Young
22 Purdue
23 Washington
24 UNLV
25 Notre Dame

Local-ish teams Richmond, Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth were among the others receiving votes.

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College Basketball Rankings: Gerogetown Still Ranked 20th, Maryland Receives Votes

The first in season AP College Basketball poll of the year is out and not much has changed from the preseason incarnation. That's probably because not a single team that started in the season in the top 25 suffered a loss during college basketball's first week.

Georgetown is still ranked as the 20th best team in the nation. In their first and only game of the year, Georgetown struggled with Old Dominion and was only able to eek out a three point win. It's not exactly an encouraging sign, but the pollsters didn't think it enough to drop Georgetown at all in the rankings.

Three wins, of which only one was impressive, have propelled the Terps into the rankings for the first time. Well, not really the rankings, but they are starting to receive votes. The Terps got 3 votes in the recent poll. That sounds all well and good, but keep in mind that is the same number of votes as Ohio (University, not St.) and Utah St.. But what can you expect after a narrow one-point win against the College of Charleston? The Terps have a great shot to break into the rankings this week when they face Pitt.

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College Basketball Rankings: Georgetown In At 20, Maryland Not Ranked

The leaves are turning and the air is getting crisp, it's time to start thinking about NCAA basketball. The AP has just released it's preseason basketball poll and the Georgetown Hoyas crack the top 20, while the Maryland Terrapins are not ranked. Duke comes in at number one, but on a blog that covers Maryland (written by a guy who attended it) we won't delve very deep into that subject.

Georgetown lost Greg Monroe to the NBA, but is returning a majority of their difference makers from last year including preseason Big East Player of the Year Austin Freeman. It will be interesting to see how the Hoyas replace Monroe's production, and more importantly his presence, in the post. Georgetown came in second at the Big East tournament last year before a disappointing performance in the NCAA tournament.

As for the Terps, it's no surprise that they aren't ranked even after sharing the ACC Regular Season title with Duke last year. The Terps lost much more talent then Georgetown (Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, and Landon Milbourne), and will rely heavily on Sophomore big man Jordan Williams. It's not surprising that the Terps are not part of the initial poll, but it is surprising that they received zero votes.

We'll update the polls as they change in this StoryStream.

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