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College basketball weekly rankings: AP Top 25 features four teams from Big East yet again

No major movement from the teams of the Big East, who all retain their spots from last week.

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Once again, four teams from the Big East Conference are featured in the latest edition of the AP Top 25.

Villanova is the top team in the country for the fourth consecutive week. The Wildcats defeated the American Eagles last week in their final tuneup before league play begins later this week. ‘Nova received 56 of the 65 possible first place votes, with the others being dispersed out to the UCLA Bruins and Baylor Bears.

Creighton dropped down from 9th to 10th despite remaining perfect as they head into Big East play. This was mostly due in large part to Louisville ascending up to No. 6 after defeating in-state rival Kentucky this past Wednesday, causing everyone to shuffle around the Bluejays. Creighton will have a chance to make a big move in next week’s poll as they’ll face No. 1 Villanova on New Year’s Eve.

Meanwhile, Butler and and Xavier stay at No. 13 and No. 17 after successful weeks in their own right, with wins over Vermont and Eastern Washington tacked on for the ‘Dawgs and Musketeers.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (56) 12-0 1,614
2 UCLA (3) 13-0 1,518
3 Kansas 11-1 1,461
4 Baylor (6) 12-0 1,458
5 Duke 12-1 1,375
6 Louisville 11-1 1,260
7 Gonzaga 12-0 1,222
8 Kentucky 10-2 1,171
9 North Carolina 11-2 1,113
10 Creighton 12-0 1,049
11 West Virginia 11-1 933
12 Virginia 10-1 892
13 Butler 11-1 837
14 Wisconsin 11-2 772
15 Purdue 11-2 745
16 Indiana 10-2 709
17 Xavier 10-2 548
18 Arizona 11-2 512
19 Saint Mary's 10-1 407
20 Florida State 12-1 326
21 Oregon 11-2 321
22 USC 13-0 248
23 Cincinnati 10-2 207
24 Notre Dame 10-2 204
25 Florida 9-3 76