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College Basketball Rankings, Week 15: AP Top 25 includes 3 BIG EAST teams, Villanova still tops the poll

Like the Coaches Poll, the AP Top 25's No. 1 stays the same.

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The Villanova Wildcats are still the top cats in this week's AP Top 25.

'Nova finished the week with 44 first-place votes, besting the soaring Kansas Jayhawks who received 21 of their own this week. The Wildcats will now enter their second week ever as the No. 1 team in the AP poll, continuing on a terrific 2015-16 campaign.

Down past the Oklahoma Sooners, Iowa Hawkeyes, North Carolina Tar Heels, Maryland Terrapins and Virginia Cavaliers are the Xavier Musketeers. The Musketeers, following a 1-1 performance last week with a loss to Creighton and a win over Butler, slip down to the No. 8 spot after being at No. 5 last week. X shares the No. 8 spot with the Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten Conference.

The Providence Friars meanwhile are skating on some thin ice. Losers of four of their last six, including a loss to Marquette this past week the Friars fell to No. 23 in the Top 25. Providence was able to salvage their week, like Xavier, with a victory on Saturday against the Georgetown Hoyas but trouble is certainly looming for them.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova Wildcats (44) 22-3 1601
2 Kansas Jayhawks (21) 21-4 1578
3 Oklahoma Sooners 20-4 1471
4 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-5 1349
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 21-4 1343
6 Maryland Terrapins 22-4 1248
7 Virginia Cavaliers 20-5 1188
8 Xavier Musketeers 22-3 1174
8
Michigan State Spartans 21-5 1174
10 West Virginia Mountaineers
20-5 1094
11 Miami-Florida Hurricanes
20-4 1036
12 Arizona Wildcats
21-5 823
13 Iowa State Cyclones
18-7 742
14 Kentucky Wildcats
19-6 692
15 Dayton Flyers
21-3 681
16 Oregon Ducks
20-6 529
17 Purdue Boilermakers
20-6 497
18 Louisville Cardinals
19-6 494
19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
18-7 489
20 Duke Blue Devils
19-6 462
21 SMU Mustangs
21-3 441
22 Indiana Hoosiers
20-6 232
23 Providence Friars
19-7 125
24 Texas Longhorns
16-9 123
25 Baylor Bears
18-7 97