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College basketball weekly poll rankings: AP Top 25 released, Big East well featured

‘Nova is still at No. 1, the Bluejays have their highest ranking EVER, and Butler bumps up big. Xavier retains their spot as well at No. 17.

NCAA Basketball: Temple at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The latest AP Top 25 was issued out on Monday morning, and to no surprise, the Big East is still predominantly featured.

Four teams from the conference are featured in the latest poll, with Villanova retaining their top spot after defeating Temple last Tuesday. The Wildcats received 56 first place votes with the remaining nine going to UCLA (3) and Baylor (6), who finished No. 2 and No. 4 in the poll. Kansas and Duke comprise the rest of the Top 5 after successful weeks in their own right.

Creighton bumped up to No. 9 in the poll after squeaking out a win over Oral Roberts over the weekend. The Jays standing at No. 9 is their highest ranking ever in program history.

Meanwhile, Butler bumped up all the way to No. 13 after their big win over Indiana in the Crossroads Classic. The ‘Dawgs are ahead of IU as well as fellow in-state school Purdue, who check in at 16th and 15th respectively. After that, you would have to go down to No. 17 to find the next team from the Big East to be featured as Xavier holds their spot there after a win over Wake Forest on Saturday.


AP Top 25

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Villanova (56) 11-0 1,614 1
2 UCLA (3) 12-0 1,514 2
3 Kansas 10-1 1,450 3
4 Baylor (6) 11-0 1,439 4
5 Duke 10-1 1,385 5
6 Kentucky 10-1 1,337 6
7 Gonzaga 11-0 1,211 8
8 North Carolina 10-2 1,170 7
9 Creighton 11-0 1,058 10
10 Louisville 10-1 1,044 11
11 West Virginia 9-1 937 12
12 Virginia 9-1 886 13
13 Butler 10-1 821 18
14 Wisconsin 10-2 781 14
15 Purdue 9-2 754 15
16 Indiana 8-2 719 9
17 Xavier 9-2 542 17
18 Arizona 10-2 501 19
19 Saint Mary's (Calif.) 8-1 389 20
20 Oregon 10-2 299 22
21 Florida State 11-1 290 23
22 South Carolina 9-1 218 16
23 Southern California 10-0 212 24
24 Cincinnati 9-2 202 25
25 Notre Dame 9-2 188 21