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Friars crack Top 25 for first time in six seasons

Friars crack Top 25 for first time in six seasons

Ed Croswell and the Friars played their way into the Top 25

For the first time since the 2016 season, the Providence College Friars have earned a spot in the Top 25.

Providence cracked the Associated Press Top 25 today at No. 22.

The Friars (11-1) earned 266 votes from the media panel, just above No. 23 Villanova (7-4). Wisconsin and Texas Tech round out the poll at 24 and 25 and mark two teams the Friars have already beaten.

PC has more Quad 1 wins – 4 – than any team in the country. Those four would be at Wisconsin, vs. Northwestern on a neutral court, vs. Texas Tech and at Connecticut.

The Friars are back in action Wednesday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center against Georgetown. The Hoyas (6-5) are off to an inconsistent start with a relatively young team. Patrick Ewing’s team is coming off a home win over Syracuse and a loss to TCU. Earlier in the season they lost to Dartmouth and Saint Joseph’s.

PC was last in the AP Top 25 during the 2015-16 season. That Kris Dunn/Ben Bentil-led team began the season 14-1 and rose to as high as No. 8 in the poll. The team spent 12 consecutive weeks in the poll before falling out in late-February. PC finished 24-11 that season, 10-8 in the Big East.

PC is also in this week’s USAToday Coaches poll at No. 23.

Here is this week’s Top 25 (*I voted Providence No. 20 in my ballot)

  1. Baylor
  2. Duke
  3. Purdue
  4. Gonzaga
  5. UCLA
  6. Arizona
  7. Kansas
  8. Southern Cal
  9. Iowa St
  10. Alabama
  11. Michigan St
  12. Auburn
  13. Houston
  14. Ohio St
  15. Seton Hall
  16. Texas
  17. LSU
  18. Xavier
  19. Tennessee
  20. Kentucky
  21. Colorado St
  23. Villanova
  24. Wisconsin
  25. Texas Tech

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 65, West Virginia 57, Connecticut 55, Illinois 49, Loyola Chicago 42, Arkansas 9, Michigan 9, BYU 8, North Carolina 7, San Francisco 6, Wake Forest 5, Oklahoma State 4, Virginia Tech 4, Iowa 3, Minnesota 3, Creighton 2, Memphis 1



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