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Aggie Hoops returns to the AP Poll at #21

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Two home wins over Ole Miss and Kentucky were rewarded with a return to the AP Top 25. The USA Today / Coaches poll also placed the Aggies at #21.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

You know, it's the damnedest thing. Winning basketball games leads to an improved ranking. Who knew?

The Aggies looked great in their home wins over Ole Miss and Kentucky, and the AP responded with a #21 ranking, rising five spots from the top of the "also receiving votes" pile. We could be a bit higher, but we can't blame the voters for waiting to see how we look on the road before fully buying in.

In SEC and "non-conference opponent" news: Baylor looked great in two wins @Texas and over Iowa State, rising six spots to #19, and Texas dropped from 24th to 25th despite a nice home win over West Virginia. Iowa State dropped four spots to #17, and Kentucky dropped two spots to #16. South Carolina continues to tumble, only picking up 12 total votes in the latest poll.

The win over Kentucky gives Texas A&M a 4-0 record against teams in the Top 25.

Full rankings below:

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova Wildcats (45) 24-3 1,604
2 Kansas Jayhawks (20) 23-4 1,580
3 Virginia Cavaliers 21-5 1,393
3 Oklahoma Sooners 21-5 1,393
5 Xavier Musketeers 24-3 1,368
6 Michigan State Spartans 22-5 1,346
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 22-5 1,241
8 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-6 1,144
9 Arizona Wildcats 22-5 1,028
10 Maryland Terrapins 23-5 976
11 Louisville Cardinals 21-6 902
12 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 21-5 851
13 Oregon Ducks 21-6 842
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 20-7 772
15 Duke Blue Devils 20-7 674
16 Kentucky Wildcats 20-7 627
17 Iowa State Cyclones 19-8 616
18 Indiana Hoosiers 22-6 571
19 Baylor Bears 20-7 521
20 Purdue Boilermakers 21-7 357
21 Texas A&M Aggies 20-7 283
22 Utah Utes 21-7 253
23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 18-8 185
24 SMU Mustangs 22-4 154
25 Texas Longhorns 17-10 104
Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 80, Providence 48, California 34, Wichita St 33, Texas Tech 31, Wisconsin 27, Saint Joseph's 20, VCU 19, South Carolina 12, Hawaii 12, Saint Mary's 10, Valparaiso 3, Cincinnati 3, USC 2, San Diego State 2, UAB 1, Connecticut 1, Arkansas-Little Rock 1, Stephen F. Austin 1
Dropped: Dayton 15, Providence 23

USA TODAY Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st
1 Villanova 24-3 792 25
2 Kansas 23-4 751 7
3 Virginia 21-5 679 0
4 Oklahoma 21-5 668 0
5 Xavier 24-3 652 0
6 North Carolina 22-5 639 0
7 Michigan St 22-5 626 0
8 Iowa 20-6 561 0
9 Maryland 23-5 527 0
10 Arizona 22-5 512 0
11 Miami-Florida 21-5 466 0
12 West Virginia 20-7 366 0
13 Oregon 21-6 365 0
14 Kentucky 20-7 333 0
15 Indiana 22-6 317 0
16 Baylor 20-7 305 0
17 Iowa St. 19-8 304 0
18 Duke 20-7 303 0
19 Purdue 21-7 245 0
20 Notre Dame 18-8 176 0
21 Texas A&M 20-7 172 0
22 Dayton 21-5 121 0
23 Utah 21-7 120 0
24 Providence 19-8 102 0
25 Texas 17-10 66 0
Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina 47; Saint Mary's 42; Wichita State 32; Texas Tech 30; Pittsburgh 18; Wisconsin 15; California 11; St. Joseph?s 10; Seton Hall 6; Southern California 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; Hawaii 3; LSU 3; Michigan 1; St. Bonaventure 1; San Diego State 1.
Dropped: South Carolina 23