Villanova was tested by Providence (and passed) in the semifinals but ultimately defeated Xavier to claim the 2015 Big East Tournament Championship last week. That, combined with pre-ACC Championship losses by Duke and Virginia bumped Jay Wright's Wildcats up to #2 in the last AP Poll before the the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky is the first team in 23-years to be #1 each week; from Pre-Season to the final week of the AP Poll.
The #2 ranking is the highest historical spot that 'Nova has reached; they also reached #2 in 2005-06.
Also representing the Big East, Georgetown comes in at #22 and Butler sneaks in at #24.
Davidson and Boise State dropped from the Top 25.
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||34-0||1,625|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||29-4||1,406|
|8||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||29-5||1,178|
|9||Iowa State Cyclones||25-8||1,043|
|11||Northern Iowa Panthers||30-3||979|
|14||Wichita State Shockers||28-4||737|
|15||North Carolina Tar Heels||24-11||703|
|20||West Virginia Mountaineers||23-9||398|
|23||Michigan State Spartans||23-11||159|
|25||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||26-9||109|
|Others receiving votes: Oregon 91, Providence 62, Xavier 18, Davidson 16, Ohio State 12, Stephen F. Austin 12, Wyoming 6, Boise State 5, LSU 5, BYU 3, Valparaiso 3, Wofford 2, Harvard 2, Murray St 2, Dayton 1, Iowa 1, Purdue 1, Colorado St 1|