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College basketball rankings, week 6: Villanova maintains #1

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‘Cats pass challenges as top squad. Top 11 remain unchanged.

Never Forget Tribute Classic Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Associated Press has released their Men’s Basketball Top 25 Poll for the sixth week of the 2016-17 season and the Villanova Wildcats remain at the top spot.

Jay Wright’s squad collected 56 of 65 first place votes as the Wildcats (10-0) knocked off a Big 5 rival, LaSalle, and previously-undefeated Notre Dame on a neutral court in Newark in the Never Forget Tribute last week.

UCLA, Kansas, Baylor, and Duke round out the top 5 (and the following five remain unchanged as well).

The BIG EAST was also represented by Creighton at #10, Xavier at #17, and Butler at #18.

Florida and Iowa State dropped out of the Top 25 as Florida State and Southern California joined the rankings.

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

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (56) 10-0 1,613
2 UCLA (3) 10-0 1,505
3 Kansas 9-1 1,455
4 Baylor (6) 8-0 1,439
5 Duke 10-1 1,391
6 Kentucky 9-1 1,277
7 North Carolina 10-1 1,222
8 Gonzaga 10-0 1,195
9 Indiana 8-1 1,124
10 Creighton 10-0 1,043
11 Louisville 9-1 981
12 West Virginia 8-1 864
13 Virginia 8-1 848
14 Wisconsin 9-2 779
15 Purdue 8-2 652
16 South Carolina 8-0 598
17 Xavier 8-2 526
18 Butler 9-1 492
19 Arizona 8-2 436
20 Saint Mary's 7-1 391
21 Notre Dame 9-1 310
22 Oregon 8-2 251
23 Florida State 10-1 227
24 USC 9-0 158
25 Cincinnati 7-2 155
Others receiving votes: Florida 44, Wichita St 33, Virginia Tech 32, Maryland 31, Valparaiso 9, TCU 8, Middle Tennessee 7, Miami 6, Minnesota 6, Kansas State 4, UCF 2, Syracuse 2, Ohio State 2, Pittsburgh 2, Michigan State 2, Iowa State 1, Clemson 1, Loyola (CHI) 1