Rams Up to No. 14 in USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 16 in Associated Press Poll

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

KINGSTON, R.I. - For the fourth straight week, Rhode Island is ranked in both national polls, coming in No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. It is the highest in-season ranking in either poll in program history for the Rams, who have won 15 straight games. The streak is the second longest active one in the country, behind only Eastern Tennessee State's 16-game streak.

Rhode Island was one of this week's biggest movers in the USA Today poll, rising five spots from last week. Only No. 9 Ohio State (seven spots) and No. 16 North Carolina (six spots) had bigger jumps this week. The Rams received 342 points in the USA Today poll, one more than No. 15 Saint Mary's.

In the Associated Press poll, Rhode Island appeared on all 65 ballots for the first time. The Rams received 666 points overall. That was an increase from 486 points in last week's poll. The Rams were one spot behind Saint Mary's (683) and one spot ahead of Arizona (594). Of the 65 voters, 39 had Rhode Island at No. 16 or better, with three voters putting the Rams in the top 10. Rhody received one vote each at No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10.

Michigan State was the new No. 1 in the USA Today poll, while Virginia moved into the top spot in the Associated Press poll. Virginia was No. 2 in both polls last week. In the AP poll, the Cavaliers received 30 first-place votes and finished just ahead of Michigan State, which received 21 first-place votes.