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AP Poll: Villanova remains in the No. 1 spot

Temple v Villanova

VILLANOVA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats reacts after making a basket against the Temple Owls in the second half at The Pavilion on December 13, 2016 in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Temple Owls 78-57. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Villanova remains the No. 1 team in the AP Poll for the third straight week, receiving 56 of a possible 65 first place votes.

North Carolina fell from 7th to 8th after losing to Kentucky in Las Vegas, which really doesn’t make much sense to me. Seeing them come within a Malik Monk 47-point outburst and game-winning three in the final 20 seconds of a win over Kentucky made you think that team was worse than before the game? That’s a head-scratcher.

And once again, the team in this poll that most media members believe is the best in the country - Duke - comes in fifth without a first-place vote. That will never make sense to me.
RANKINGS: AP Poll | Coaches Poll | NBCSports Top 25

1. Villanova (56 first-place votes)
2. UCLA (3)
3. Kansas
4. Baylor (6)
5. Duke
6. Kentucky
7. Gonzaga
8. North Carolina
9. Creighton
10. Louisville
11. West Virginia
12. Virginia
13. butler
14. Wisconsin
15. Purdue
16. Indiana
17. Xavier
18. Arizona
19. Saint Mary’s
20. Oregon
21. Florida State
22. South Carolina
23. USC
24. Cincinnati
25. Notre Dame
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