NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Massachusetts and Dayton were both ranked in the latest AP and USA Today Coaches’ Poll, which were released Monday.
UMass is No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 22 in the Coaches’ Poll. Dayton is No. 25 in the AP Poll and is receiving votes in the Coaches’ Poll. VCU and George Washington also received votes in both polls this week.
After a 6-0 start to the 2013-14 season with wins over teams from the ACC, the SEC, and the Big Ten, UMass moved up in the AP Poll and entered the Coaches’ Top 25 after appearing at No. 24 in last week’s AP poll. That appearance marked the first time in the rankings for the Minutemen since the Nov. 17-23, 1998 poll - just over 15 years to the day. UMass has appeared in the AP Poll 78 times previously and is 116-29 all-time as a ranked team. The Minutemen have been ranked in the top 10 48 times, the top five 31 times and No. 1 15 times (32-4).
This is the first time in coach Archie Miller's tenure the Flyers have been nationally ranked. UD was last ranked in the AP Poll back on Nov. 22, 2009 when the Flyers were 18th.
The 6-1 Flyers are off to their best start since 2008-09. A strong start to the non-conference schedule has boosted the Flyers. Dayton possesses wins against Gonzaga, Cal and Georgia Tech and lost to Baylor after two last-second shots didn’t fall.
VCU was ranked earlier in the season, climbing as high as No. 10 while George Washington received a vote last week for the first time since concluding the 2006-07 season with three votes in the final AP poll. GW increased their AP votes and picked up a vote in the Coaches Poll this week after beating Miami and Creighton in the Wooden Legacy.
La Salle and Saint Louis also earned AP and Coaches’ Poll votes earlier in the season.