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Pitt basketball gaining traction in the polls

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Early this season, Pitt's men's basketball team hadn't gotten much respect in the polls. With a 4-0 start, however, that's starting to change a little.

The Panthers still aren't ranked or even one of the top teams receiving votes. They are, however, at least getting a little more recognition on voters' ballots.

This week, the Panthers picked up eight points in the Coaches poll - essentially good for 37th in the country. They got even more love in the AP poll with a total of 11 points - slotting them at 34th in the nation. In last week's rankings, Pitt had not secured even a single point in either poll.

Pitt still has a while to go in terms of leapfrogging teams to get into the Top 25, but that could change with the team's next game against Purdue on Tuesday. The Boilermakers are ranked 11th in both polls and a win by the Panthers should get Pitt into the Top 25.

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