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Villanova ranked No. 2 in latest AP Top 25, USA TODAY polls; Butler, Creighton still featured

The Wildcats maintain their status as a fixture at the top of the polls. Meanwhile, the ‘Dawgs and Bluejays are still hanging around.

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The latest AP Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches polls were released on Monday!

AP Top 25 - 2/20

# Team Points Prev
# Team Points Prev
1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (59) 1,618 1
2 Villanova Wildcats (5) 1,556 2
3 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 1,503 3
4 Arizona Wildcats 1,356 5
5 UCLA Bruins 1,316 6
6 Oregon Ducks 1,297 7
7 Louisville Cardinals 1,267 8
8 North Carolina Tar Heels 1,138 10
9 Baylor Bears 1,108 4
10 Duke Blue Devils 1,014 12
11 Kentucky Wildcats 943 13
12 West Virginia Mountaineers 908 9
13 Florida Gators 822 15
14 Purdue Boilermakers 807 16
15 Cincinnati Bearcats 733 18
16 Wisconsin Badgers 713 11
17 SMU Mustangs 554 19
18 Virginia Cavaliers 427 14
19 Florida State Seminoles 419 17
20 St. Mary's Gaels 375 22
21 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 322 25
22 Butler Bulldogs 295 24
23 Creighton Bluejays 178 20
24 Maryland Terrapins 159 23
25 Wichita State Shockers 153 -
Others Receiving Votes: VCU 39; Northwestern 25; Iowa State 22; South Carolina 12; USC 10; Dayton 9; Middle Tennessee 8; Oklahoma State 7; Minnesota 5; Miami (FL) 2; Monmouth 2; Michigan 1; Vermont 1; Virginia Tech 1 Associated Press

USA TODAY poll - 2/20

# Team Points Prev
# Team Points Prev
1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (29) 797 1
2 Villanova Wildcats (3) 768 2
3 Kansas Jayhawks 738 3
4 Arizona Wildcats 665 6
5 UCLA Bruins 654 5
6 Louisville Cardinals 620 7
7 Oregon Ducks 618 8
8 North Carolina Tar Heels 566 9
9 Baylor Bears 534 4
10 Kentucky Wildcats 493 11
11 Duke Blue Devils 446 14
12 Florida Gators 421 13
13 West Virginia Mountaineers 413 12
14 Purdue Boilermakers 392 16
15 Wisconsin Badgers 354 10
16 Cincinnati Bearcats 331 17
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 250 20
18 St. Mary's Gaels 211 21
19 Virginia Cavaliers 196 15
20 Florida State Seminoles 195 18
21 SMU Mustangs 186 23
22 Butler Bulldogs 153 25
23 Creighton Bluejays 111 22
24 Maryland Terrapins 95 24
25 Wichita State Shockers 52 29
Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina 37; USC 26; Northwestern 19; Iowa State 15; Miami (FL) 11; Xavier 11; Middle Tennessee 10; Dayton 6; Cal 4; Kansas State 1; VCU 1 USA TODAY

As seen in the above tables, the Villanova Wildcats are still hanging around the top. ‘Nova is the consensus No. 2 team in the country, standing behind the unbeaten Gonzaga Bulldogs and in front of the Kansas Jayhawks, a consensus 1-2-3 in both polls. ‘Nova took care of business this past week, dispatching the DePaul Blue Demons and Seton Hall Pirates in road victories. Little should be done barring a crazy upset in their final three games, so expect Villanova to be around 2-3 for the rest of the way assuming Gonzaga remains undefeated like they probably will be.

Meanwhile, the Butler Bulldogs and Creighton Bluejays are the remaining teams of the Big East Conference to be featured in both polls. Their spots, like Villanova’s, are consensus as well as the ‘Dawgs and Jays check in at No. 22 and 23 in both polls this week. Butler picked up wins over the St. John’s Red Storm and DePaul Blue Demons this past week, getting themselves off the schneid in the process. Creighton meanwhile fell to Seton Hall on Wednesday, but rebounded with a win over the Georgetown Hoyas on Sunday. Given the scope and where they’re at right now, it’s likely that BU and CU will be fighting for spots in their position for the rest of the season.