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Pitt slides into AP and ESPN/USA Today poll rankings at No. 24

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For the first time this season, Pitt's basketball team has moved into the national top 25 college basketball polls.

After a win this weekend against Kennesaw State, the Panthers' record stands at 12-1 and the team is now No. 24 in both the AP media poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. It's the first time in approximately a year that the team has been ranked.

While it's true the Panthers haven't been tested all that much in their non-conference schedule, a ranking is deserved. The team's sole loss came at the hands of No. 2 Michigan by only five points on a neutral court. In Pitt's 12 victories, the team won by an average of nearly 27 points. The Panthers haven't only been winning, but the games haven't been all that close.

Pitt's ranking won't be tested yet as the team is off this week, but the following week the Panthers will face top ten Cincinnati.

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