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UB men's basketball moves to No. 17 in Associated Press rankings

The University at Buffalo men's basketball team jumped to No. 17 in The Associated Press rankings released Monday.

UB, now 7-0 after winning two games in Belfast, was No. 21 last week.

UB has 515 points after earning 351 last week. The Bulls are 114 points behind No. 16 Kansas State and 98 points ahead of No. 18 Iowa.

The AP rankings get a shuffle as the teams ranked No. 9, No. 11, No. 12, No. 13, No. 14, No. 16, No. 17, No. 18, No. 19 and No. 24 all lost.

UB's rise was fueled by four votes in the top 12. Graham Couch, of the Lansing State Journal, who had voted UB as high as No. 6 dropped the Bulls to No. 8 this week. Mark Berman, of the Roanoke Times, has UB at No. 9. John Feinstein has UB at No. 10; and Chris Murray, of Nevada Sports Net, has the Bulls at No. 12.

You can review each voter's ballot here.

The Bulls moved up two spots to No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

UB received 241 points and is only eight points behind No. 17 Ohio State and is 46 points ahead of No. 19 Iowa.

The Bulls beat Milwaukee, 96-77, and then topped previously unbeaten San Francisco, 85-81, to win the Goliath Bracket of the Belfast Hall of Fame Classic.

"Overall, I am really happy with the way the guys played this weekend and I thought this was one of the better MTE events I have ever been a part of," coach Nate Oats said Saturday.

The 7-0 start is the best in school history since 1930-31. That team went 15-0 and was the lone undefeated team in school history.

UB returns home to play Le Moyne College on Wednesday at Alumni Arena and then travels to St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

Here is the complete AP poll.

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