Brady's Tigers crack Top 25

The LSU men's basketball team jumped into the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in over a year following a road win over ranked Florida Saturday and is No. 24 entering Wednesday's home game with Auburn.

The Tigers make their 170th all-time poll appearance since LSU's first appearance on Dec. 16, 1952 and this is LSU's first appearance since the Tigers were ranked 23rd in the Jan. 13, 2003 poll. LSU was ranked in three polls in a four-week period in December and January last season. This is the 13th time the Tigers have been ranked in the AP poll in the John Brady era.

"At 17-4 overall and 7-3 in the conference we have the second best league record in the SEC and with that certainly deserve to be ranked. Hopefully we can move forward from this starting Wednesday night against Auburn as we have three home games and three road games remaining," said Brady.

The Tigers ended a streak of 90-plus weeks ranked in the polls by beating Florida on Saturday as the Gators dropped out of the 25. Memphis is the other new entry this week at 23rd with 240 points in the voting of the media. LSU is 24th at 227 points and South Carolina is 25th at 213.

Stanford is the new No. 1, followed by St. Joseph's (the two undefeated teams in Division I) with Duke, Mississippi State and Pittsburgh rounding out the top five.

LSU had been receiving votes in the AP poll since the preseason, but failed to receive votes Dec. 15 and then two weeks ago, lost all its votes, before getting 41 points in the Feb. 9 poll which led to this week's movement inside the Top 25.

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