UCF basketball ranked at 24 by AP

By Steven Ryzewski

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, December 20, 2010

Updated: Monday, December 20, 2010


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The UCF Knights basketball team (10-0) is ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, breaking into the Division I rankings for the first time ever.

The ranking, released Monday, comes after an 84-78 victory over the Miami Hurricanes in Sunrise, as part of the Orange Bowl Classic that took place Saturday.

The win gave UCF a clean sweep of their six in-state opponents and more importantly a sweep of then-No.16 Florida, USF, and now Miami, members of the SEC, Big East, and ACC, respectively.

The Knights additionally are on the cusp of the Top 25 in the USA Today coaches poll. In that poll, also released Monday, UCF is unofficially ranked No. 26, a big jump after being No. 33 last week.

The Knights are one of nine remaining undefeated Division I teams.

With the ranking, the Knights are now No.24 in basketball's AP poll and football's BCS poll.

 In addition to being the first time that both programs have been ranked simultaneously, it also puts the Knights among elite company with teams ranked in both the BCS and the AP polls. The Knights are one of five teams currently holding that distinction, the others being Ohio State, Michigan State, Missouri, and Texas A&M.

 Ranked in one poll and on the fringe of another, the Knights travel to UMass for their first road game outside the state of Florida Wednesday to take on the Minutemen (7-3), looking to improve to 11-0.   



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