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Gamecocks ranked in AP Top 25 for first time since 2004 after hot start

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the South Carolina Gamecocks men’s basketball team has cracked the AP Top 25 poll.

After Friday’s 65-59 win over Clemson, the Gamecocks now sit at No. 25 in the AP Men’s Basketball poll. The Gamecocks, now 10-0 on the season, are in the poll for the first time since February 2004 when head coach Dave Odom coached the team. During that time, USC was ranked 25th in the poll. They finished the season at No. 23. 

The Gamecocks join Kentucky and Texas A&M as the only SEC teams in the poll. The Wildcats are 12th and the Aggies are 21st in this week’s poll.

South Carolina is also ranked in the USA Today Coaches poll. They've moved up two spots to No. 23. 

The Gamecocks return to action on Tuesday in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout when they face St. John’s at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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