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Seton Hall on brink of ranking in latest AP Poll, Gibbs on Honor Roll

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Sterling Gibbs narrowly missed out on Big East Player of the Week honors.
Sterling Gibbs narrowly missed out on Big East Player of the Week honors.
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Two wins in league play and the return of Isaiah Whitehead may have turned the heads of a few voters in the AP Poll after Seton Hall had all but slipped from consideration a week prior. The Pirates have just missed a ranking, but their 22 votes warrant the No. 27 spot just outside of the Top 25.

Based on how a lot of ranked teams from No. 15-25 have dropped games this season, wins at DePaul tomorrow night and Marquette at home on Saturday will probably be a enough for the Hall to enter the rankings for the second time this season.

Georgetown stays ranked at No. 24 after splitting games this past week while Butler moves up to No. 21 and Villanova holds at No. 7.

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Sterling Gibbs was edged out by Kris Dunn in the conference's weekly Big East Player of the Week award after the Providence point guard recorded a triple double (nearly by halftime) against DePaul. Gibbs was not far behind but finds himself on the weekly Honor Roll instead.

The Hall's freshmen all had balanced weeks, but no one stood out with Trevon Bluiett taking Rookie of the Week. Bluiett tallied 19 against Seton Hall on Saturday and 11 against Georgetown.

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM Record POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 21-0 1625 1
2 Gonzaga Bulldogs 22-1 1503 3
3 Virginia Cavaliers 19-1 1470 2
4 Duke Blue Devils 18-3 1416 4
5 Wisconsin Badgers 19-2 1381 5
6 Arizona Wildcats 20-2 1338 6
7 Villanova Wildcats 19-2 1209 7
8 Kansas Jayhawks 18-3 1177 9
9 Louisville Cardinals 18-3 1114 10
10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 20-3 1072 8
11 Iowa State Cyclones 16-4 892 15
12 North Carolina Tar Heels 17-5 861 13
13 Utah Utes 17-4 824 11
14 Northern Iowa Panthers 20-2 792 18
15 West Virginia Mountaineers 18-3 779 17
16 Wichita State Shockers 19-3 678 12
17 Maryland Terrapins 18-4 508 16
18 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 17-4 479 14
19 Baylor Bears 16-5 420 20
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 17-5 358 28
21 Oklahoma Sooners 14-7 312 24
22 Butler Bulldogs 16-6 250 25
23 SMU Mustangs 18-4 221 28
24 Georgetown Hoyas 16-6 162 21
25 Texas Longhorns 14-7 106 19
Others receiving votes: Texas A&M (15-5) 40; Seton Hall (15-6) 22; Arkansas (16-5) 21; Indiana (16-6) 18; San Diego State (17-5) 18; Colorado State (19-3) 11; Dayton (17-4) 9; Tulsa (16-5) 8; Xavier (14-8) 8; Stephen F. Austin (18-3) 5; Providence (16-6) 3; Stanford (15-6) 3; Murray State (19-4) 2; Louisiana Tech (17-5) 2; Oklahoma State (14-7) 2; Temple (15-7) 2; Georgia (14-6) 1; Michigan State (15-7) 1; Rhode Island (15-5) 1; Valparaiso (20-4) 1