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Bucknell cracks Top 25 for first time

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The giant killer is now among college basketball's big names.

Bucknell, the Patriot League school that has beaten some of the country's premier programs the last two seasons, joined The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time Monday.

"This is so neat for the school and everything like that. I won't play it down because it's wonderful for people to have that kind of respect for our program," Bucknell coach Pat Flannery said. "At the same time, we have the kind of kids who can take it in stride to be ranked among that company."

Bucknell (20-3) moved into the poll at No. 24, two spots below another newcomer used to being among the ranked. Kansas (17-6), one of the big-time programs the Bison beat last season, entered for the first time this season at No. 22.

Connecticut (22-2) was a runaway No. 1 for the fourth straight week, but that run should be over as No. 4 Villanova beat the Huskies 69-64 on Monday night.

The next five teams after Connecticut held their positions in the rankings, but it was Bucknell garnering attention.

The Bison beat Pittsburgh and Saint Joseph's last season before shocking Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the first win for a Patriot League team. They didn't miss a beat this season, winning at Syracuse.