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Pitt basketball moves up in Top 25 rankings

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Last week, Pitt defeated Syracuse and Maryland Eastern Shore. This week, they found themselves moving up in the polls.

The 2-0 week helped the Panthers crack the AP Poll for the first time this year and Pitt is now ranked in both the AP and Coaches Polls. The team moved up to No. 24 in the AP Poll, rising a total of five spots after being previously unranked. The Panthers moved up four spots in the Coaches Poll where they were ranked No. 25 last week. Pitt hadn't been ranked in the AP poll in nearly two years, last appearing there in February 2014.

When you're as low in the polls as Pitt is, it's a pretty easy formula - win and move up. With still about 20 teams ahead of them, there's a good chance that a couple of teams near them are going to lose a game any given week - that's particularly true once conference play starts.

It's good to see the Panthers in the polls, but Pitt is still not getting a ton of credit. They are the last one-loss team ranked and even three-loss Iowa and Butler teams are ranked ahead of Pitt in one or both polls. I'm not necessarily making a case that the Panthers should be any higher, but there's no doubt that voters are taking their 12-1 start with a grain of salt.

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