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College Basketball rankings, Week 12: AP Top 25 poll features 3 BIG EAST teams in Top 10

Like the USA TODAY poll, the AP's Top 10 is littered with BIG EAST teams.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Week 12 AP Top 25 is out, and like the USA TODAY poll, the Top 10 features three teams from the BIG EAST Conference: the Villanova Wildcats, the Xavier Musketeers and Providence Friars.

Like the Coaches Poll, both Villanova and Xavier dropped two spots from their original positions. 'Nova is now ranked No. 6 in the nation behind Oklahoma, North Carolina, Iowa, Kansas and Texas A&M. The Wildcats took their first loss in conference play in 23 tries when the Friars upset them at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Musketeers meanwhile went 1-1 in the last week as well and slid down to No. 7. Xavier slugged Seton Hall on Saturday but took a surprising loss to the Georgetown Hoyas earlier that week.

The Providence Friars, meanwhile, hopped up six spots from No. 16 to No. 10 giving the conference three teams in the Top 10. Providence went 2-0 in the week with wins over the Butler Bulldogs and the aforementioned Villanova Wildcats.

Full poll is below:

AP Top 25 Poll

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Oklahoma Sooners (36) 16-2 1592
2 North Carolina Tar Heels (29) 19-2 1586
3 Iowa Hawkeyes 16-3 1473
4 Kansas Jayhawks 16-3 1369
5 Texas A&M Aggies 17-2 1332
6 Villanova Wildcats 17-3 1261
7 Xavier Musketeers 17-2 1186
8 Maryland Terrapins 17-3 1111
9 West Virginia Mountaineers 16-3 1105
10 Providence Friars 17-3 1005
11 Virginia Cavaliers 15-4 903
12 Michigan State Spartans 17-4 869
13 SMU Mustangs 18-1 838
14 Iowa State Cyclones 15-4 792
15 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 15-3 753
16 Louisville Cardinals 16-3 719
17 Baylor Bears 15-4 594
18 Arizona Wildcats 16-4 502
19 Indiana Hoosiers 17-3 466
20 Kentucky Wildcats 15-5 403
21 Purdue Boilermakers 17-4 328
22 Wichita State Shockers 14-5 151
23 Oregon Ducks 16-4 149
24 Duke Blue Devils 15-5 145
25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 14-5 136
Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 77, South Carolina 74, St. Mary's 42, Pittsburgh 38, USC 27, Butler 26, Clemson 18, VCU 17, Valparaiso 9, Hawaii 9, Utah 5, Connecticut 5, UAB 4, Chattanooga 2, Navy 1, Colorado 1, Grand Canyon 1, Michigan 1