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College Basketball Rankings, Week 15: USA TODAY poll features 3 BIG EAST teams, Villanova still at No. 1

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The USA TODAY poll features three BIG EAST teams including the No. 1 team in the country.

Villanova remains the top team in the poll following a 2-0 week against DePaul and St. John's. The Wildcats were given chase by only the Kansas Jayhawks, who jumped up from No. 6 to No. 2, as they received seven first-place votes. The Wildcats finished with 25.

The Xavier Musketeers tumbled down three spots to the No. 7 position after going 1-1. The Musketeers fell to the Creighton Bluejays but salvaged the week with a road win over the Butler Bulldogs.

Finally, the Providence Friars took a fall to No. 20 in the poll after a 1-1 week as well. The Friars lost on the road to the Marquette Golden Eagles but recovered nicely with a home win over the Georgetown Hoyas.

USA Today Coaches PoIl

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova (25) 22-3 785
2 Kansas (7) 21-4 764
3 Oklahoma 20-4 680
4 North Carolina 21-4 674
5 Maryland 22-4 636
6 Iowa 20-5 624
7 Xavier 22-3 615
8 Virginia 20-5 489
9 Michigan State 21-5 560
10 Miami 20-4 558
11 West Virginia 20-5 488
12 Arizona 21-5 425
13 Dayton 21-3 382
14 Kentucky 19-6 346
15 Iowa State 18-7 319
16 Purdue 20-6 298
17 Oregon 20-6 259
18 Notre Dame 18-7 203
19 Duke 19-6 183
20 Providence 19-7 161
21 Indiana 20-6 154
22 Baylor 18-7 109
23 South Carolina 21-4 108
24 Texas A&M 18-7 106
25 Texas 16-9 73