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VCU cracks AP top-10

VCU looks for another big road win tonight as they take on Belmont in Nashville.
VCU enters the regular season AP top-10 for the first time in school history.
VCU enters the regular season AP top-10 for the first time in school history.

Add another first to VCU’s history on head coach Shaka Smart, as the Rams entered this week’s Associated Press poll at No.10, the first time the black and gold have cracked the top-10 during regular season play in school history (VCU finished the season No.6 in 2011 after a trip to the Final 4).

The Rams jumped four spots from last week’s poll thanks to a big road win at previously ranked UVA and three losses from teams ranked ahead of them.

No.7 Michigan, No. 10 Florida and No.12 North Carolina all suffered losses since last week’s rankings. The Rams jumped Memphis to grab the final top-10 spot.

(Team, 1st-place votes, record, vote total, previous ranking)

1 Michigan State (51) 3-0 1608 2
2 Kansas (7) 2-0 1523 5
3 Louisville (7) 3-0 1511 3
4 Kentucky 3-1 1410 1
5 Arizona (5) 3-0 1339 6
6 Duke 2-1 1320 4
7 Oklahoma State 3-0 1198 8
8 Ohio State 3-0 1172 10
9 Syracuse 3-0 1135 9
10 VCU 3-0 928 14
11 Memphis 1-0 871 13
12 Wisconsin 3-0 763 20
13 Gonzaga 3-0 710 15
14 Michigan 2-1 705 7
14 Wichita State 4-0 705 16
16 Florida 2-1 619 11
17 Oregon 2-0 613 18
18 Connecticut 4-0 600 19
19 New Mexico 2-0 353 22
20 Baylor 3-0 342 23
21 Iowa State 3-0 296
22 UCLA 2-0 291 24
23 Creighton 3-0 246 26
24 North Carolina 2-1 213 12
25 Marquette 2-1 144 17

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