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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Georgetown Climbs To No. 12

Georgetown continued its ascent in the AP rankings, placing No. 12 in the latest poll following its second victory against Memphis in the 2011/12 season.

The Georgetown Hoyas (10-1) improved to No. 12 in the latest AP poll following their second victory against the Memphis Tigers of the 2011/12 campaign. It's Georgetown's fourth straight week in the top 25 and represents a significant improvement over No. 16, which is where the Hoyas ranked in each of the previous two polls.

The Syracuse Orange (13-0) remain perfect and atop the poll for the third straight week; they earned 54 of a possible 65 first-place votes. The Ohio St. Buckeyes (12-1) follow them at No. 2, with the Kentucky Wildcats (11-1) at No. 3, Louisville Cardinals (12-0) at No. 4, and North Caroline Tar Heels (11-2) at No. 5.

The Big East is well represented in the poll. In addition to Syracuse and Louisville, the No. 9 Connecticut Huskies (10-1) also rank ahead of Georgetown. The No. 14 Marquette Golden Eagles (11-1) and No. 22 Pittsburgh Panthers (11-2) also appear, though both teams fell from last week.

Georgetown faces a tough test Wednesday when it visits Louisville to start Big East play.

For more on the Hoyas, please visit Casual Hoya, SB Nation's Georgetown blog. For more on the Big East, please visit Big East Coast Bias.