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Weekly college basketball rankings: AP Top 25, USA TODAY polls released, four Big East teams inhabit

Let’s digest this week’s AP Top 25 and USA TODAY polls.

NCAA Basketball: St. John at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The latest AP Top 25 poll is out. Let’s take a gander shall we?

AP Top 25 - 2/6/17

# Team Points Prev
# Team Points Prev
1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (59) 1,619 1
2 Villanova Wildcats (6) 1,565 4
3 Kansas Jayhawks 1,446 3
4 Louisville Cardinals 1,411 6
5 Oregon Ducks 1,263 13
6 Baylor Bears 1,255 2
7 Wisconsin Badgers 1,232 10
8 North Carolina Tar Heels 1,145 12
9 Arizona Wildcats 1,136 5
10 UCLA Bruins 1,115 11
11 Cincinnati Bearcats 876 14
12 Virginia Cavaliers 875 9
13 West Virginia Mountaineers 861 7
14 Florida State Seminoles 839 15
15 Kentucky Wildcats 741 8
16 Purdue Boilermakers 537 23
17 Florida Gators 530 24
18 Duke Blue Devils 514 21
19 South Carolina Gamecocks 493 19
20 St. Mary's Gaels 468 18
21 Maryland Terrapins 326 17
22 Butler Bulldogs 285 16
23 Creighton Bluejays 207 22
24 Xavier Musketeers 144 -
25 SMU Mustangs 107 -
Others receiving votes: Wichita State 38, Southern Cal 35, Notre Dame 33, Northwestern 11, California 3, Iowa State 3, Monmouth (N.J.) 3, New Mexico State 3, VCU 3, Kansas State 1, Oklahoma State 1, Vermont 1

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Villanova Wildcats saw themselves inch closer to the No. 1 spot again. In a week filled with upset losses in the Top 10, ‘Nova stayed clean throughout, going 2-0 in matchups vs. the Providence Friars and St. John’s Red Storm. It is growing increasingly likely that the Gonzaga Bulldogs get through the WCC unbeaten barring something crazy, so the Wildcats will just have to keep their heads down and truck along as they’ve been doing almost all season.

For the first time in a while, you’d have to trek down pretty far to find the next Big East team. And to that point, the remaining three in this week’s AP Top 25 are all sequentially next to each other. The Butler Bulldogs, Creighton Bluejays and Xavier Musketeers occupy spots 22-24 in the poll as Xavier rejoins the fray after being outside last week. The Musketeers defeated Creighton and, like Villanova, went 2-0 in the week with an added win over the Seton Hall Pirates. The aforementioned Bluejays went 1-1 meanwhile and the Bulldogs dropped their only game last week to aforementioned Creighton.

The latest USA TODAY poll is now out as well.

USA TODAY poll - 2/6/17

# Team Points Prev
# Team Points Prev
1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (28) 789 1
2 Villanova Wildcats (4) 766 4
3 Kansas Jayhawks 685 2
4 Louisville Cardinals 669 7
5 Wisconsin Badgers 627 9
6 Oregon Ducks 589 13
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 581 10
8 Baylor Bears 574 3
9 UCLA Bruins 562 8
10 Arizona Wildcats 552 5
11 Cincinnati Bearcats 463 14
12 Kentucky Wildcats 443 6
13 Virginia Cavaliers 385 11
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 349 12
15 Florida State Seminoles 335 16
16 South Carolina Gamecocks 285 20
17 Florida Gators 283 23
18 Purdue Boilermakers 257 24
19 Duke Blue Devils 253 21
20 St. Mary's Gaels 248 19
21 Butler Bulldogs 162 15
22 Maryland Terrapins 159 17
23 Creighton Bluejays 90 22
24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 84 18
25 Xavier Musketeers 75 25
Others receiving votes: Southern Methodist 41; Southern California 33; Northwestern 20; Wichita State 9; New Mexico State 7; Kansas State 7; Iowa State 5; Miami (Fla.) 4; North Carolina-Wilmington 3; Oklahoma State 2; Akron 2; Dayton 1; Middle Tennessee 1.

Not too many drastic differences between the AP poll and the Coaches poll this week. The top teams largely remain the same with ‘Nova holding the No. 2 spot in both polls. There’s some variance for the Big East teams down in the 20s, but nothing too head-turning at this point.