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College basketball rankings, Week 14: Villanova No. 1 in AP Poll for the first time ever

The 'Cats make history.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time ever, the Villanova Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll.

Receiving 32 votes, 'Nova tops the charts in this week's AP Top 25, edging out the Maryland Terrapins, Oklahoma Sooners and Iowa Hawkeyes, all of whom received at least seven first place votes. Kansas and Virginia also received first place votes in this week's poll, showcasing the diverse nature of college basketball at this moment in time.

The Xavier Musketeers join Villanova in the Top 5, ranking No. 5 this week after bumping up from the No. 6 spot last week. The Musketeers enjoyed success going 2-0 last week with wins over Marquette and St. John's.

After an 0-2 week, the Providence Friars dipped down to No. 20. This comes after losses to both DePaul and the Wildcats this past week. The Friars are still ahead of such teams as Baylor, Kentucky, USC, Texas and Wichita State.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova Wildcats (32) 20-3 1,566
2 Maryland Terrapins (13) 21-3 1,499
3 Oklahoma Sooners (7) 19-3 1,472
4 Iowa Hawkeyes (11) 19-4 1,471
5 Xavier Musketeers 21-2 1,382
6 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 19-4 1,311
7 Virginia Cavaliers (1) 19-4 1,223
8 Michigan State Spartans 20-4 1,144
9 North Carolina Tar Heels 19-4 1,136
10 West Virginia Mountaineers 19-4 1,082
11 Oregon Ducks 20-4 905
12 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 18-4 826
13 Louisville Cardinals 19-4 819
14 Iowa State Cyclones 17-6 781
15 Texas A&M Aggies 18-5 663
16 SMU Mustangs 20-2 593
17 Arizona Wildcats 19-5 497
18 Purdue Boilermakers 19-5 456
19 Dayton Flyers 19-3 413
20 Providence Friars 18-6 349
21 Baylor Bears 17-6 333
22 Kentucky Wildcats 17-6 228
23 USC Trojans 18-5 225
24 Texas Longhorns 16-7 199
25 Wichita State Shockers 17-6 132
Others receiving votes: South Carolina 128, Indiana 91, Notre Dame 75, San Diego State 22, Duke 14, Seton Hall 14, Gonzaga 10, LSU 10, VCU 10, Valparaiso 9, Stony Brook 8, Saint Mary's 6, Saint Joseph's 5, UNC Wilmington 4, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Chattanooga 2, Connecticut 2, George Washington 2, Michigan 1, Monmouth 1