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College basketball rankings, week 3: Villanova moves up to #2

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‘Cats climb, but the Kentucky ‘Cats are tops.

NCAA Basketball: Charleston Classic-Wake Forest vs Charleston Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

The AP released their third Top 25 poll for the 2016-17 season and the reigning national champion Villanova Wildcats have stepped up to the #2 spot.

Kentucky came in at #1 collecting 40 first place votes. ‘Nova tallied 20 first place votes and third-place Indiana collected another. North Carolina and Kansas rounded out the top 5.

Villanova (5-0) went through the week with victories over (#18) Purdue and then Western Michigan, Wake Forest, and UCF en route to the Championship of the Charleston Classic.

Last week’s #1 team, Duke, dropped to #6.

The BIG EAST was also represented by Xavier at #9 and Creighton at #12 with Butler and Seton Hall receiving votes.

‘Nova returns to action on Wednesday when they host the College of Charleston.

2016-17 AP Top 25 (Week 3)

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (40) 4-0 1,494
2 Villanova (20) 5-0 1,469
3 Indiana (1) 3-0 1,348
4 North Carolina 4-0 1,319
5 Kansas 2-1 1,284
6 Duke 4-1 1,253
7 Virginia 3-0 1,126
8 Arizona 3-0 1,066
9 Xavier 5-0 1,039
10 Louisville 3-0 893
11 Gonzaga 3-0 816
12 Creighton 4-0 716
12 Oregon 2-1 716
14 UCLA 4-0 681
15 Saint Mary's 3-0 665
16 Wisconsin 2-1 623
17 Syracuse 3-0 576
18 Purdue 2-1 571
19 West Virginia 3-0 466
20 Baylor 3-0 326
21 Iowa State 3-0 283
22 Texas 3-0 237
23 Rhode Island 4-1 198
24 Michigan State 2-2 184
25 Florida State 4-0 89
Others receiving votes: Michigan 83, Maryland 56, California 54, Miami 40, Cincinnati 34, Wichita St 29, Florida 27, Seton Hall 15, Virginia Tech 12, Butler 11, Dayton 11, Notre Dame 6, Colorado 4, Ohio State 2, Ohio 1, Rutgers 1, Tennessee State 1