Villanova held onto its lead as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll.
The Wildcats, 11-0, are on top for a third straight week receiving 56 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.
UCLA remained ranked second with three No. 1 votes. Kansas was ranked third again, followed by Baylor (which got the other six first-place votes), Duke and Kentucky. In fact, the top six didn’t change from a week earlier.
Gonzaga moved up one spot to seventh while North Carolina, which lost 103-100 to Kentucky on Saturday, dropped one place to eighth.
Creighton and Louisville moved up one spot each to round out the top 10.
West Virginia was 11th followed by Virginia, Butler, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, Xavier, Arizona, Saint Mary’s and Oregon.
The last five teams are Florida State, South Carolina, Southern California, Cincinnati and Notre Dame.
Butler’s 83-78 victory over Indiana gave the Bulldogs the week’s biggest jump, from 18th to No. 13. The loss dropped Indiana from ninth to No. 16.
South Carolina’s 67-64 loss to Seton Hall saw the Gamecocks fall from 16th to No. 22. There is only one double-ranked this week but it means an awful lot to the people of a certain commonwealth as No. 6 Kentucky visits No. 10 Louisville on Wednesday.
K-State women ranked
UConn is still the unanimous top choice in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll after having a week off for exams.
Kansas State and Oregon State entered at No. 24 and 25 while DePaul and Oregon fell out. It’s the Wildcats first ranking since 2012.
UConn received all 33 first place votes from a national media panel Monday for the second consecutive week. The Huskies face No. 12 Ohio State on Monday night trying to extend their 84-game winning streak.
With most teams on break for exams, there wasn’t much movement at the top of the poll. Notre Dame, Baylor, Maryland and Mississippi State followed UConn.
South Carolina, Florida State and Louisville were next with Washington moving up two spots to No. 9. UCLA fell one place to 10th after losing to the Gamecocks on Sunday.