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Kansas sixth in AP Top 25; Villanova is new No. 1 team

Jamari Traylor (left) and the Kansas Jayhawks are sixth in this week’s Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.
Jamari Traylor (left) and the Kansas Jayhawks are sixth in this week’s Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. The Associated Press

Villanova took over the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll Monday following Oklahoma’s 80-69 loss Saturday at Kansas State.

Maryland is second and the Sooners fell to No. 3, followed by Iowa, Xavier and Kansas, which moved up one spot after victories over Kansas State and TCU.

The Big 12 has six teams ranked. Besides Oklahoma and KU, West Virginia is No. 10, Iowa State is No. 14, Baylor is No. 21 and Texas entered the poll for the first time this season at No. 24. Oklahoma plays host to Texas on Monday night and Kansas on Saturday. Texas travels to Iowa State on Saturday.

The Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference both have four teams ranked, while the Big East and Pac-12 have three each.

Wichita State remained in the poll at No. 25, down four spots from last week, after Saturday’s 58-53 loss at Illinois State snapped a 12-game win streak.

It’s the first top ranking for Villanova, which is now among the 57 schools to have been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. The Wildcats had been ranked No. 2 seven times — last time the final poll of last season — but had never made that one step up.

Villanova becomes the sixth school to hold the No. 1 spot this season, just one off the record. North Carolina and Kentucky were both No. 1 for two weeks. Michigan State held it for three, Kansas two and Oklahoma three. There were seven teams ranked No. 1 in 1982-83: Houston, Indiana, Memphis, UNLV, North Carolina, UCLA, Virginia.

Indiana and South Carolina dropped out of the poll this week. Indiana was ranked 22nd before losing 68-63 at Penn State. South Carolina, which was 25th, lost 69-56 at Georgia and rebounded with an 81-78 win at then-No. 8 Texas A&M.

AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sunday, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Villanova (32)

20-3

1,566

3

2. Maryland (13)

21-3

1,499

4

3. Oklahoma (7)

19-3

1,472

1

4. Iowa (11)

19-4

1,471

5

5. Xavier

21-2

1,382

6

6. Kansas (1)

19-4

1,311

7

7. Virginia (1)

19-4

1,223

9

8. Michigan State

20-4

1,144

10

9. North Carolina

19-4

1,136

2

10. West Virginia

19-4

1,082

14

11. Oregon

20-4

905

16

12. Miami (Fla.)

18-4

826

17

13. Louisville

19-4

819

19

14. Iowa State

17-6

781

13

15. Texas A&M

18-5

663

8

16. SMU

20-2

593

12

17. Arizona

19-5

497

23

18. Purdue

19-5

456

18

19. Dayton

19-3

413

24

20. Providence

18-6

349

11

21. Baylor

17-6

333

15

22. Kentucky

17-6

228

20

23. Southern California

18-5

225

24. Texas

16-7

199

25. Wichita State

17-6

132

21

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 (Calif.) 6, Saint Joseph’s 5, UNC Wilmington 4, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Chattanooga 2, George Washington 2, Connecticut 2, Michigan 1, Monmouth (N.J.) 1.

Tod Palmer’s ballot: 1. Virginia, 2. Iowa, 3. Villanova, 4. Maryland, 5. Oklahoma, 6. Xavier, 7. Michigan State, 8. Kansas, 9. West Virginia, 10. North Carolina, 11. Oregon, 12. Miami (Fla.), 13. Arizona, 14. Louisville, 15. Texas A&M, 16. Iowa State, 17. SMU, 18. Providence, 19. Baylor, 20. Dayton, 21. South Carolina, 22. Purdue, 23. Kentucky, 24. Wichita State, 25. Southern California.

Coaches’ Top 25

The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 7, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Pvs

1. Villanova (11)

20-3

753

4

2. Maryland (11)

21-3

749

3

3. Oklahoma (3)

19-3

708

2

4. Xavier

21-2

683

5

5. Iowa (3)

19-4

674

7

6. Kansas (2)

19-4

670

6

7. Virginia

19-4

616

9

8. North Carolina (1)

19-4

599

1

9. Michigan State (1)

20-4

567

10

10. West Virginia

19-4

490

12

11. Miami (Fla.)

18-4

433

15

12. Oregon

20-4

423

17

13. Texas A&M

18-5

388

8

14. Arizona

19-5

311

20

15. Iowa State

17-6

307

14

16. Purdue

19-5

293

16

17. Dayton

19-3

237

24

17. Providence

18-6

237

11

19. Baylor

17-6

222

13

20. South Carolina

20-3

185

23

21. Kentucky

17-6

178

19

22. Indiana

19-5

119

21

23. Southern California

18-5

106

24. Wichita State

17-6

92

22

25. Texas

16-7

70

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 64, Gonzaga 53, Duke 41, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 28, Pittsburgh 25, Seton Hall 21, Valparaiso 15, Monmouth 12, Utah 12, VCU 8, LSU 5, Saint Joseph’s 2, Arkansas-Little Rock 1, California 1, Clemson 1, Stony Brook 1.

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