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Harvard Moves Back into Both AP, Coaches Men's Basketball Top 25 Polls

Harvard's Keith Wright

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard moved back into the Top 25 of both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls for Dec. 26 at No. 24 in the AP Poll and No. 23 in the coaches' poll.

The Crimson has a presence in both national polls for the first time in three weeks since its first-ever Top 25 rankngs on Dec. 5 (25th in the Associated Press and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls).

Harvard spent the previous two weeks just one spot outside of the AP Top 25 with 73 points in the Dec. 12 and 88 points in the Dec. 19. polls. Prior to its Dec. 5 AP ranking, the Crimson was among the teams in the others receiving votes category four times -- preseason (2), Nov. 14 (3), Nov. 21 (3) and Nov. 28 (101). This season marks the fourth-straight year and fifth time in seven years Harvard has been mentioned in the media poll.

Harvard remained in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 for a second-straight week. The Crimson received votes in the coaches' poll three times -- Nov. 21 (1), Nov. 28 (62) and Dec. 12 (43) -- during a four-week stretch before amassing enough points to be ranked by the coaches.

Prior to Harvard's Top 25 rankings this season, Cornell was the last Ivy team to be ranked with a two-week run in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll during the 2009-10 season. The Big Red entered the poll at No. 25 on Feb. 1 and moved to No. 22 for the Feb. 8 poll before dropping out of the top 25 but still receiving votes for the next four weeks until the final poll of the season. Before this season, Princeton was the last Ivy squad to ranked in the AP Top 25. The Tigers finished the 1997-98 season at No. 8 in the final AP Poll and No. 16 in the final USA Today/NABC Poll.

According to CollegePollArchive.com, Harvard is the seventh Ivy League team to be ranked in the AP Poll in its history. Penn leads the way with 78 appearances followed by Princeton (41), Columbia (31), Dartmouth (5), Yale (4), Cornell (3) and Harvard (2). The Quakers achieved the Ivies' highest-ever AP ranking, No. 3, in the final polls following the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons.