UMass Basketball Stays Put at No. 23 in AP Top 25, No. 22 in Coaches Poll

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

An overtime win over Providence was exciting, but didn't swing many votes towards the Minutemen.

Last week was a slow week in the world of college basketball. The Christmas holiday coupled with the end of most team's non-conference schedules leaves few good games to be watched and even less to be learned about teams nationwide. The UMass Minutemen escaped a weekend matchup with the Providence Friars in dramatic fashion and both polls rewarded them by not moving them at all.

Derek Kellogg's team came in at No. 23 in the AP Top 25 and No. 22 in the USA TODAY/Coaches Poll for the second week in a row, gaining only points on those ahead of them. The biggest movers in the polls were Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals who saw their stock drop by eight and six spots, respectively. The Kentucky Wildcats, by virtue of beating the Cardinals, were the biggest risers as they went up three and two spots, respectively.

Here is the AP Top 25's Top 10 and notables. Click here for the whole poll.

1. Arizona (60)
2. Sryacuse (5)
3. Ohio State
4. Wisconsin
5. Michigan State
6. Oklahoma State
7. Duke
8. Wichita State
9. Baylor
10. Oregon
14. Louisville
15. Kentucky
16. UConn
23. UMass
Receiving Votes: George Washington, Florida State

The coaches have yet to let UMass crack the top-20, and this week is no different. Here is the USA TODAY/Coaches Poll Top 10 and notables. Click here for the whole poll.

1. Arizona (30)
2. Syracuse (1)
3. Ohio State (1)
4. Michigan State
5. Wisconsin
6. Oklahoma State
7. Wichita State
8. Duke
9. Oregon
10. Louisville
16. Kentucky
21. Gonzaga
22. UMass
Receiving Votes: George Washington, Florida State, St. Louis

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