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Red hot VCU Rams just miss Top 25, but stay ahead of Shaka’s Texas team

Posted at 3:12 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 07:10:41-05

RICHMOND, Va. — The Rams have shown up in the weekly Associated Press poll, but not as high up as fans might prefer to see the men’s basketball team.

The Virginia Commonwealth University basketball team is unofficially number 28 (tied with Utah) on the AP’s Top 25 poll.  They are among a handful of teams listed as also receiving votes.

Of significance is that the Rams, with 33 votes, have more than Shaka Smart’s team at Texas, who had just one vote. Smart’s team this year is 14-7.

The Rams, under Coach Will Wade,  currently lead the Atlantic-10 conference (8-0) and just had their 11th consecutive win in a 10-point game against Davidson. The Rams are 16-5 this season.

You can see the poll here, and just scroll to the bottom for “others receiving votes.”

The Dayton Flyers were the only team  in the A-10 that made the Top 25. VCU takes on #24 Dayton (18-3, 8-1 A 10)  in their last game of the regular season, on March 5, in Dayton. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

UVa. fans will be happy to see the Cavaliers ranked at number nine in the poll.

The Associated Press college basketball poll is published weekly. It started on Jan. 20, 1949, and hasn’t missed a week since.