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Villanova’s slide out of No. 1 in the AP Top 25 lasted just a week. Michigan State’s stay at No. 1 lasted just as long.

The Wildcats returned to the top spot in Monday’s poll after an upset-filled week that included losses by No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Duke. Villanova got 52 of 65 first-place votes to move up from third to No. 1, where it spent three weeks in December.

Michigan State (15-2) dropped to No. 4 in the poll, following its 80-64 loss to Ohio State on Sunday. Michigan (14-3), riding a seven-game winning streak, remains unranked, but the Wolverines received five points in voting.

West Virginia climbed four spots to No. 2. This is the Mountaineers’ highest ranking since December 1959 in Jerry West’s senior season.

Virginia climbed five spots to No. 3. Purdue and Wichita State tied for No. 5.

Duke fell five spots to No. 7, followed by Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Xavier to round out the top 10.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Villanova (52)

14-1

1611

3

2. West Virginia (12)

14-1

1559

6

3. Virginia (1)

14-1

1438

8

4. Michigan State

15-2

1390

1

5. Purdue

15-2

1225

13

5. Wichita State

13-2

1225

9

7. Duke

13-2

1222

2

8. Texas Tech

14-1

1174

18

9. Oklahoma

12-2

1152

7

10. Xavier

15-2

1050

5

11. Arizona State

13-2

1036

4

12. Kansas

12-3

888

10

13. Seton Hall

14-2

759

21

14. Cincinnati

14-2

739

19

15. Gonzaga

14-3

676

19

16. TCU

13-2

621

16

17. Arizona

12-4

537

14

18. Miami

13-2

502

15

19. Clemson

14-1

465

25

20. North Carolina

12-4

423

12

21. Kentucky

12-3

314

17

22. Auburn

14-1

243

23. Florida State

12-3

202

24

24. Tennessee

10-4

198

23

25. Creighton

13-3

160

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 121, Florida 85, Texas A&M 62, Ohio State 29, Rhode Island 7, Michigan 5, Nevada 2, Baylor 2, New Mexico St. 1, Georgia 1, Arkansas 1.

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