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College basketball rankings, week 4: Villanova holds at #2

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Three BIG EAST teams in the Top 10.

NCAA Basketball: Charleston at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It was a slow holiday week for Villanova as the #2 ranked Wildcats only played, and defeated the College of Charleston over the past week. That result let the ‘Cats hold their spot in the newest AP Poll released on Monday.

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

The BIG EAST was also represented by Xavier at #7, Creighton at #10, and Butler at #18.

Baylor, who also received a 1st place vote, jumped from #20 to #9 after winning the field at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Villanova next returns to the court on Tuesday with a Big 5 matchup against Penn at The Palestra.

AP Top 25 (Week 4)

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (40) 6-0 1,590
2 Villanova (20) 6-0 1,567
3 North Carolina (4) 7-0 1,497
4 Kansas 5-1 1,414
5 Duke 6-1 1,365
6 Virginia 6-0 1,286
7 Xavier 6-0 1,181
8 Gonzaga 6-0 1,112
9 Baylor (1) 6-0 1,068
10 Creighton 6-0 965
11 UCLA 7-0 955
12 Saint Mary's 5-0 866
13 Indiana 4-1 857
14 Louisville 5-1 808
15 Purdue 5-1 687
16 Arizona 5-1 655
17 Wisconsin 5-2 555
18 Butler 6-0 506
19 Iowa State 5-1 389
20 South Carolina 6-0 379
21 Rhode Island 5-1 354
22 Syracuse 4-1 229
23 Oregon 4-2 189
24 Florida 6-1 154
25 West Virginia 4-1 132
Others receiving votes: Maryland 126, Notre Dame 85, Cincinnati 49, Michigan State 28, Ohio State 22, Michigan 13, Temple 8, USC 7, Houston 6, Florida State 5, VCU 5, California 3, Tennessee State 2, Virginia Tech 1, Arkansas State 1, San Diego State 1, Colorado 1, Minnesota 1, Rutgers 1