Back into the top 25

The LSU Tigers, winners of seven of their last eight games, including the first six in Southeastern Conference play, moved back into the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the last Monday in November, 2005 reentering the poll at No. 24.

The Tigers were ranked for one week at No. 25 in the Nov. 28 poll after beating No. 13 West Virginia in Morgantown on Nov. 26. LSU was also ranked that week at No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

Three teams -- Maryland (18), Louisville (22), Wisconsin (23) and Syracuse (25) -- dropped out of this week's poll allowing LSU (24), Michigan (21), Iowa (22) and Northern Iowa (25) into the top 25.

The appearance by LSU is the 172nd since LSU made its Associated Press poll debut on Dec. 16, 1952.

Tigers are No. 28 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll of coaches.

The Tigers, 14-5 and 6-0 in the SEC, host Auburn Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Tickets are on sale at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office ($14 and $5 for youth (12 and under) and online at

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