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College basketball rankings, week 8: Kentucky remains #1, Villanova inches up to #6

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Villanova remains highly regarded in the newest AP Top 25 Poll. After defeating NJIT thanks to a second half outburst and remaining undefeated, the media bumped the Wildcats up to the #6 spot.

Kentucky remains the #1 team in the country receiving all 65 First Place Votes for the fourth consecutive week. Duke, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Louisville round out the Top 5.

'Nova is joined by Big East friends St. John's at #15 and Georgetown at #25 in the rankings.

Villanova has also jumped up a spot in the Coaches Poll where they are now #5.

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM (1st) POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 1625 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 1559 2
3 Virginia Cavaliers 1457 5
4 Wisconsin Badgers 1395 6
5 Louisville Cardinals 1327 4
6 Villanova Wildcats 1316 7
7 Gonzaga Bulldogs 1249 8
8 Arizona Wildcats 1243 3
9 Iowa State Cyclones 1005 12
10 Utah Utes 956 14
11 Texas Longhorns 903 9
12 Maryland Terrapins 869 15
13 Kansas Jayhawks 775 10
14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 709 16
15 St. John's Red Storm 690 17
16 Wichita State Shockers 630 11
17 West Virginia Mountaineers 584 18
18 Oklahoma Sooners 530 19
19 North Carolina Tar Heels 483 20
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 435 21
21 Washington Huskies 253 13
22 Baylor Bears 238 22
23 Northern Iowa Panthers 216 23
24 Colorado State Rams 194 24
25 Georgetown Hoyas 140 26
Others Receiving Votes: TCU (12-0) 132; Virginia Commonwealth (9-3) 101; San Diego State (10-3) 40; Arkansas (10-2) 27; George Washington (9-3) 7; LSU (9-2) 7; Old Dominion (10-1) 7; Penn State (12-1) 5; UNLV (9-3) 5; Indiana (10-3) 4; Florida (7-4) 2; Minnesota (11-2) 2; Stanford (7-3) 2; Army (9-2) 1; California (10-3) 1; Davidson (9-1) 1

Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD Pts PREV
1 Kentucky (30) 13-0 774 1
2 Duke (1) 10-0 744 2
3 Virginia 11-0 698 5
4 Wisconsin 12-1 663 6
5 Villanova 12-0 646 7
6 Louisville 11-1 614 4
7 Arizona 12-1 600 3
8 Gonzaga 12-1 587 8
9 Iowa St. 9-1 484 12
10 Texas 10-2 428 9
11 Maryland 12-1 416 15
12 Utah 9-2 400 14
13 Notre Dame 12-1 371 16
14 Kansas 9-2 353 10
15 West Virginia 11-1 330 17
16 Wichita State 10-2 292 11
17 St. John's 11-1 272 19
18 Ohio State 11-2 237 18
19 Washington 11-1 189 13
20 North Carolina 9-3 186 21
21 Oklahoma 8-3 163 20
22 Baylor 10-1 144 22
23 Northern Iowa 11-1 112 24
24 Colorado State 13-0 94 25
25 San Diego State 10-3 66 23
Others Receiving Votes: Virginia Commonwealth 44; Georgetown 42; TCU 31; California 15; Arkansas 14; Seton Hall 12; Minnesota 12; Old Dominion 8; George Washington 7; LSU 6; Oklahoma State 6; Indiana 4; Illinois 3; Connecticut 3; Georgia 2; Stanford 2; Penn State 1.