Butler Climbs Into National “Top 25”

Butler Climbs Into National “Top 25”

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler, coming off a stunning victory over top-ranked Indiana, has climbed into the "Top 25" of the men's basketball national polls.  The Bulldogs are ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press national poll and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, released on Monday (Dec. 17).

The ranking in the A.P. "Top 25" is Butler's first since Nov. 15, 2010, when the Bulldogs were ranked No. 16.  The spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll "Top 25" is the Bulldogs' first since April 6, 2011, when Butler was ranked second.

Butler has appeared in the national "Top 25" in six of the past seven seasons.  The Bulldogs have been ranked as high as No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll (2009-10 & 2010-11) and as high as No. 8 in the A.P. poll (2007-08).

Prior to the 88-86 overtime victory over Indiana at the Close the Gap Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis, Butler was ranked 34th in the A.P. poll and 32nd in the coaches' poll.

The Bulldogs, boasting an 8-2 overall record and riding a five-game winning streak, will play their next game at home against state foe Evansville on Saturday, Dec. 22.  That contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse will start at 2 p.m. (ET).