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Raleigh, N.C. — Michigan State keeps inching its way up in the AP Top 25, while Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the poll.

The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in Monday’s latest poll, followed by the second-ranked Cavaliers and the third-ranked Boilermakers. It marked the fourth straight week that with the trio sitting 1-2-3 in the poll as they continue extended winning streaks.

Michigan State (22-3) climbed a spot to No. 4, followed by No. 5 Xavier.

That sets up a showdown Saturday at Breslin Center between No. 3 Purdue and No. 4 Michigan State.

2017-18 MICHIGAN STATE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

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Michigan (19-6) climbed four spots to No. 20.

Sixth-ranked Cincinnati moved to its highest ranking since January 2004, followed by No. 7 Texas Tech reaching its highest ranking since March 1996. And eighth-ranked Auburn has its highest ranking since January 2000.

Ninth-ranked Duke and No. 10 Kansas rounded out the top 10. They slid along with fellow national powers Arizona and Kentucky after losses in an upset-filled weekend.

Associated Press Top 25

 

Record

Pts

Prv 

1. Villanova (48)

22-1

1608

2. Virginia (16)

22-1

1572

3. Purdue (1)

23-2

1500

4. Michigan State

22-3

1407

5 

5. Xavier

21-3

1350

6. Cincinnati

21-2

1305

7. Texas Tech

19-4

1182

10 

8. Auburn

21-2

1138

11 

9. Duke

19-4

1075

10. Kansas

18-5

1015

11. Saint Mary’s (Cal)

23-2

895

13 

12. Gonzaga

21-4

851

14 

13. Arizona

19-5

816

14. Ohio State

20-5

747

17 

15. Tennessee

17-5

739

18 

16. Clemson

19-4

720

20 

17. Oklahoma

16-6

636

12 

18. Rhode Island

19-3

486

22 

19. West Virginia

17-6

457

15 

20. Michigan

19-6

331

24 

21. North Carolina

17-7

304

19 

22. Wichita State

17-5

295

16 

23. Nevada

20-4

205

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24. Kentucky

17-6

133

21 

25. Miami

17-5

76

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Others receiving votes: Butler 65, Washington 54, Florida State 27, New Mexico St. 23, Seton Hall 20, Creighton 18, Arizona State 17, Texas 15, NC State 12, Alabama 8, Middle Tennessee 6, Nebraska 4, Florida 3, Houston 3, TCU 3, Oklahoma St. 2, ETSU 1, Vermont 1.

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