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College basketball rankings, week 12: Kentucky remains #1, Villanova drops to #7

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The 'Cats understandably dropped a bit.

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Villanova (18-2, 5-2) took the AP rankings on the chin in the newest poll. Following a 1-1 week that saw them lose handedly on the road at Georgetown on Monday and crushing Creighton on Sunday, the voters tabbed the Wildcats at #7 in the eleventh poll of the year.

Kentucky remains #1 overall, with a 19-0 record and 64 of 65 first-place votes this week. Virginia who garnered the other first place vote is second with Gonzaga, Duke, and Wisconsin rounding out the Top 5.

Big East foe Georgetown returns to the Top 25 at #21 and Butler hits the rankings at #25.

Villanova next plays on Saturday as they travel to Chicago to take on DePaul at AllState Arena.

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky Wildcats (64) 19-0 1,624
2 Virginia Cavaliers (1) 19-0 1,561
3 Gonzaga Bulldogs 20-1 1,476
4 Duke Blue Devils 17-2 1,402
5 Wisconsin Badgers 18-2 1,351
6 Arizona Wildcats 18-2 1,300
7 Villanova Wildcats 18-2 1,187
8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 19-2 1,139
9 Kansas Jayhawks 16-3 1,120
10 Louisville Cardinals 16-3 1,027
11 Utah Utes 16-3 996
12 Wichita State Shockers 18-2 893
13 North Carolina Tar Heels 16-4 878
14 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 16-3 734
15 Iowa State Cyclones 14-4 719
16 Maryland Terrapins 18-3 715
17 West Virginia Mountaineers 16-3 558
18 Northern Iowa Panthers 18-2 440
19 Texas Longhorns 14-5 431
20 Baylor Bears 15-4 407
21 Georgetown Hoyas 14-5 334
22 Indiana Hoosiers 15-5 165
23 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 14-5 164
24 Oklahoma Sooners 12-7 90
25 Butler Bulldogs 15-6 70
Others receiving votes: Colorado St 57, Arkansas 54, Ohio State 43, SMU 43, Providence 29, Dayton 28, Georgia 28, Stanford 16, Wyoming 14, Seton Hall 10, LSU 10, San Diego St 4, Tulsa 2, Texas A&M 2, Davidson 1, Saint Mary's 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Green Bay 1


USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky (32) 19-0 800 1
2 Virginia 19-0 767 2
3 Gonzaga 20-1 728 3
4 Duke 17-2 682 6
5 Wisconsin 18-2 681 5
6 Arizona 18-2 634 7
7 Villanova 18-2 600 4
8 Notre Dame 19-2 556 9
9 Louisville 16-3 532 10
10 Utah 16-3 481 11
11 Kansas 16-3 476 14
12 Wichita State 18-2 449 13
13 Maryland 18-3 414 8
14 North Carolina 16-4 403 15
15 Virginia Commonwealth 16-3 336 16
16 Iowa St. 14-4 308 12
17 West Virginia 16-3 300 17
18 Northern Iowa 18-2 231 19
19 Baylor 15-4 216 21
20 Texas 14-5 183 18
21 Indiana 15-5 75 23
22 Georgetown 14-5 72 36
23 Miami 14-5 59 34
24 Colorado State 18-2 58 29
25 Arkansas 15-4 50 26
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 48; Ohio State 47; Dayton 43; Stanford 42; Southern Methodist 28; Butler 21; Wyoming 17; Providence 13; Kansas State 12; San Diego State 7; Tulsa 7; LSU 6; George Washington 6; Saint Mary?s 5; Georgia 4; Texas A&M 2; Davidson 1.