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As March nears, the Michigan State men’s basketball team continues to trend in the right direction.

The Spartans (22-5), who ended Wisconsin’s seven-game win streak with a 69-57 victory Thursday, moved up two spots to No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll’s new rankings released Monday.

Michigan State also jumped up two spots to No. 7 in the coaches poll but didn’t receive any first-place votes.

After back-to-back road losses to Ohio State on Tuesday and Maryland on Sunday, Michigan (19-9) received one vote in the coaches and none in the AP polls.

Villanova (24-3) checked in at No. 1 in the AP poll for the third straight week and earned 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Kansas (23-4) remained at No. 2 with 20 first-place votes, followed by Virginia (21-5), Oklahoma (21-5) and Xavier (24-3) in the top five. Xavier edged Michigan State by 22 points for the No. 5 spot.

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

1. Villanova (45 first-place votes), 24-3 record, 1,604 points (1 last week)

2. Kansas (20), 23-4, 1,580 (2)

3. Oklahoma, 21-5, 1,393 (3)

3. Virginia, 21-5, 1,393 (7)

5. Xavier, 24-3, 1,368 (8)

6. Michigan State, 22-5, 1,346 (8)

7. North Carolina, 22-5, 1,241 (5)

8. Iowa, 20-6, 1,144 (4)

9. Arizona, 22-5, 1,028 (12)

10. Maryland, 23-5, 976 (6)

11. Louisville, 21-6, 902 (18)

12. Miami, 21-5, 851 (11)

13. Oregon, 21-6, 842 (16)

14. West Virginia, 20-7, 772 (10)

15. Duke, 20-7, 674 (20)

16. Kentucky, 20-7, 627 (14)

17. Iowa State, 19-8, 616 (13)

18. Indiana, 22-6, 571 (22)

19. Baylor, 20-7, 521 (25)

20. Purdue, 21-7, 357 (17)

21. Texas A&M, 20-7, 283 (NR)

22. Utah, 21-7, 253 (NR)

23. Notre Dame, 18-8, 185 (19)

24. SMU, 22-4, 154 (21)

25. Texas, 17-10, 104 (24)

Others receiving votes: Dayton 80, Providence 48, California 34, Wichita State 33, Texas Tech 31, Wisconsin 27, Saint Joseph’s 20, VCU 19, Hawaii 12, South Carolina 12, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 10, Cincinnati 3, Valparaiso 3, San Diego State 2, Southern Cal 2, Stephen F. Austin 1, UAB 1, UALR 1, UConn 1.

COACHES POLL

1. Villanova (25 first-place votes), 24-3 record, 792 points (1 last week)

2. Kansas (7), 23-4, 751 (2)

3. Virginia, 21-5, 679 (8)

4. Oklahoma, 21-5, 668 (3)

5. Xavier, 24-3, 652 (7)

6. North Carolina, 22-5, 639 (4)

7. Michigan State, 22-5, 626 (9)

8. Iowa, 20-6, 561 (6)

9. Maryland, 23-5, 527 (5)

10. Arizona, 22-5, 512 (12)

11. Miami, 21-5, 466 (10)

12. West Virginia, 20-7, 366 (11)

13. Oregon, 21-6, 365 (17)

14. Kentucky, 20-7, 333 (14)

15. Indiana, 22-6, 317 (21)

16. Baylor, 20-7, 305 (22)

17. Iowa State, 19-8, 304 (15)

18. Duke, 20-7, 303 (19)

19. Purdue, 21-7, 245 (16)

20. Notre Dame, 18-8, 176 (18)

21. Texas A&M, 20-7, 172 (24)

22. Dayton, 21-5, 121 (13)

23. Utah, 21-7, 120 (26)

24. Providence, 19-8, 102 (20)

25. Texas, 17-10, 66 (25)

Others receiving votes: South Carolina 47, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 42, Wichita State 32, Texas Tech 30, Pittsburgh 18, Wisconsin 15, California 11, Saint Joseph’s 10, Seton Hall 6, Southern Cal 6, VCU 6, Hawaii 3, LSU 3, Michigan 1, Saint Bonaventure 1, San Diego State 1.

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