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USF Bulls men move to No. 24 in Associated Press Top 25

The Bulls’ 14-game win streak currently is the nation’s longest.
 
USF forward Kasean Pryor (11) and guard Selton Miguel (1) share a moment in the second half against Temple earlier this season at the Yuengling Center. The Bulls are No. 24 in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll.
USF forward Kasean Pryor (11) and guard Selton Miguel (1) share a moment in the second half against Temple earlier this season at the Yuengling Center. The Bulls are No. 24 in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published March 4|Updated March 4

The USF men’s ascension in the national consciousness continued Monday when the Bulls moved up one spot to No. 24 in the latest Associated Press rankings.

The Bulls (22-5, 15-1 American Athletic Conference) cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time in program history last week, and clinched their first regular-season conference title with Saturday’s 76-61 triumph at Charlotte. Their 14-game win streak currently is the nation’s longest.

They remain 79th in the NET rankings, the primary evaluator used by the NCAA selection committee for tournament invitations. Since the NET rankings replaced RPI for the 2019 tournament, the lowest-ranked team to get an at-large bid each season has been No. 73, No. 72, No. 77 and No. 67. (The 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.).

The Bulls’ NET ranking likely won’t budge this week, unless they lose one of their two remaining regular-season games: home Tuesday against Tulane (13-15, 4-12) or Saturday at Tulsa (15-14, 6-11).

As the top seed in the upcoming AAC tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, the Bulls have clinched byes in the event’s first two days, and they won’t begin play until Friday, March 15.

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