Villanova remains atop AP Top 25

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Villanova remained atop the AP Top 25 for the second straight week, but Virginia and Purdue are right behind them.

The Wildcats (16-1, 4-1 Big East) received 63 of 65 first-place votes in the poll. Villanova beat No. 10 Xavier and St. John’s since ascending to the top of the poll last week.

Virginia (15-1, 4-0 ACC) and Purdue (17-2, 6-0 Big Ten) each received one first-place vote.

The No. 2 ranking is the Cavaliers’ highest ranking since reaching the same spot during the 2014-15 season.

The Boilermakers moved up two spots in the poll to reach their highest ranking since also reaching No. 3 in 2009-10. Purdue extended its winning streak to 13 games last week with victories over Michigan and Minnesota.

Oklahoma (14-2, 4-1 Big 12) moved up five spots to No. 4, while Duke (15-2, 3-2 ACC) moved up two spots to round out the top five.

West Virginia (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) dropped out of the top five, falling four spots to No. 6 after losing to No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday.