The latest AP rankings were released Monday morning during a Creighton practice in Cincinnati so the Jays found out afterward that they’d cracked the Top 25 for the first time in two years.

CU earned the No. 25 spot in the writers weekly poll following a 77-65 win at Xavier Saturday.

That’s worth acknowledging, according to Creighton coach Greg McDermott.

“It’s a nice feather in the cap for this group,” he said during a video interview released by Creighton on Monday. “If you’re ranked this time of the year, this far into the season that means you’ve played some pretty good basketball.”

But CU’s players can’t celebrate for too long. The Jays (13-4, 2-2) will travel to Washington, D.C., for a Wednesday game against Georgetown (11-6, 1-3), which will undoubtedly be motivated to boost its NCAA tournament résumé with a quality win.

“(The ranking) will add a target to our back,” McDermott said. “Hopefully our guys are ready for that.”

The last time the Jays were ranked came back on Jan. 8, 2018. They were No. 25 then, too. It’s the seventh time in McDermott’s 10 seasons that they’ve been ranked at least for one week.

The Big East has three other ranked squads this week, No. 5 Butler, No. 14 Villanova and No. 18 Seton Hall. No one else in the league received any votes. Texas Tech, which lost to Creighton in November, is No. 23.

Creighton stayed on the road following a win at Xavier Saturday and it will visit the White House during its downtime in the nation’s capital this week. Wednesday’s game is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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