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February 6, 2012

Harvard Ranked in Both Men's Basketball Polls for Third Time This Season

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard enters the week ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls for the third time this season, moving up two spots to 21st in the coaches poll and re-entering the AP poll at 25th in the Feb. 6 rankings.

Harvard was previously ranked in both polls on Dec. 5 (25th in AP, 24th in ESPN/USA Today) and Dec. 26 (24th in AP, 23rd in ESPN/USA Today).

Harvard remained ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll for an eighth-straight week and the ninth time overall (Dec. 5, Dec. 19, Dec. 26, Jan. 2, Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6) this season. The Crimson received votes in the coaches' poll three other 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.

Harvard returned to the AP Top 25 for the first time since being ranked 22nd in its Jan. 2 poll. The Crimson has been ranked by the national media four times -- Dec. 5 (25th), Dec. 26 (24th) Jan. 2 (22nd), Feb. 6 (25th) -- and has been listed among the teams receiving votes nine times -- preseason (2), Nov. 14 (3), Nov. 21 (3), Nov. 28 (101), Dec. 12 (73), Dec. 19 (88), Jan. 9 (16), Jan. 16 (22), Jan. 23 (32) and Jan. 30 (69) this season. Harvard's point totals in the Dec. 12, Dec. 19 and Jan. 30 AP polls were just one spot outside of the Top 25. This season marks the fourth-straight year and fifth time in seven years Harvard has been mentioned in the media poll.

Prior to Harvard's Top 25 rankings, 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.