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College Basketball Rankings, Week 16: Three Big East teams featured in AP Poll

The Big East is pretty well represented once again this week's Associated Press poll.

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The Villanova Wildcats, Butler Bulldogs and Providence Friars are the three Big East teams featured in this week's Associated Press men's college basketball poll.

The 'Cats remain in the Top 10 as they have been for a majority this season, staying at No. 6, after a week in which they defeated the Seton Hall Pirates and Marquette Golden Eagles. 'Nova was rarely challenged at all in these two contests, especially against The Hall, and pushed their record to a program-best 25-2.

Butler found themselves at both ends of the spectrum this week and are slotted at No. 23. The 'Dawgs narrowly beat the Creighton Bluejays last Monday night at CenturyLink Center Omaha after a Roosevelt Jones bucket in the waning moments. Saturday, the Xavier Musketeers slapped the taste out of them with a 73-56 beat down. The Bulldogs are currently 19-8 with a 9-5 record in Big East play.

Finally, the Providence Friars appear in the latest AP Poll, marking the first time since the 2003-04 season that they have hit this achievement. PC only played one game this past week, scoring an annihilation of the DePaul Blue Demons in Rosemont, Illinois by the tally of 84-57. They, like Butler, are 19-8 with a 9-5 record in conference play.

The Georgetown Hoyas received votes in this week's poll, checking in at No. 26.

Here is this week's poll:

I know Mike Jacobs usually does this but I figured I would pick up any necessary slack needed here. Just being ambitious.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts Last
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 27-0 1625 1
2 Virginia Cavaliers 25-1 1526 2
3 Gonzaga Bulldogs 28-1 1471 3
4 Duke Blue Devils 24-3 1448 4
5 Wisconsin Badgers 25-2 1390 5
6 Villanova Wildcats 25-2 1306 6
7 Arizona Wildcats 24-3 1228 7
8 Kansas Jayhawks 22-5 1111 8
9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-4 1109 9
10 Northern Iowa Panthers 26-2 1032 11
11 Wichita State Shockers 25-3 930 13
12 Iowa State Cyclones 20-6 887 14
13 Utah Utes 21-5 876 9
14 Maryland Terrapins 22-5 695 16
15 North Carolina Tar Heels 19-8 655 15
16 Oklahoma Sooners 19-8 622 17
17 Louisville Cardinals 21-6 613 12
18 Arkansas Razorbacks 22-5 564 18
19 Baylor Bears 20-7 473 20
20 West Virginia Mountaineers 21-6 453 23
21 SMU Mustangs 22-5 357 21
21 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 21-6 182 25
23 Butler Bulldogs 19-8 165 19
24 San Diego State Aztecs 22-6 117 27
25 Providence Friars 19-8 72 28
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 58, Michigan St. 56, Murray St. 42, Oklahoma St. 25, Ohio St. 12, Murray St. 20, Valparaiso 10, Texas A&M 8, Rhode Island 3, S.F. Austin 2, Texas 1, Oregon 1