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College Basketball AP Poll: Villanova No. 1, Baylor up to No. 2

Jay Wright

Villanova head coach Jay Wright gives instructions to his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. Villanova defeated Creighton 80-70. (AP Photo/John Peterson)


Villanova’s impressive win at No. 10 Creighton kept the Wildcats at No. 1 for a fifth straight week, while Baylor made the jump from fourth to second.

The only new member of The Associated Press Top 25 is Virginia Tech, which beat Duke 89-75. The Hokies (12-1) jump in at No. 21, their first ranking since the opening week of the 2010-11 season.

Villanova (14-0) received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday to easily outdistance the Bears (13-0), who got the other six votes for No. 1.

Kansas held third while UCLA, which lost to Oregon, fell from second to fourth. Gonzaga and Kentucky both moved up two spots to fifth and sixth. Gonzaga (14-0), Villanova and Baylor are the lone unbeaten teams in Division I.

West Virginia jumped from 11th to seventh while Duke and Louisville both dropped three spots to eighth and ninth, and Creighton held on at No. 10.
RANKINGS: AP Poll | Coaches Poll | NBC Sports Top 25

Here is the full poll:

1. Villanova (59 first-place votes)
2. Baylor (6)
3. Kansas
5. Gonzaga
6. Kentucky
7. West Virginia
8. Duke
9. Louisville
10. Creighton
11. Virginia
12. Florida State
13. Wisconsin
14. North Carolina
15. Oregon
16. Xavier
17. Arizona
18. Butler
19. Saint Mary’s
20. Purdue
21. Virginia Tech
22. Cincinnati
23. Notre Dame
24. Florida