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College basketball rankings, week 7: Villanova maintains #1 for third consecutive week.

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Temple v Villanova Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

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

Jay Wright’s squad collected 56 of 65 first place votes as the Wildcats (11-0) defeated the Temple Owls by 21 in a one-game week as the student athletes prepared for semester exams. The victory marked a sweep of the Philadelphia Big 5 for the fourth straight year; a feat that had never been accomplished previously.

UCLA, Kansas, Baylor, and Duke round out the top 5.

The BIG EAST was also represented by Creighton at #9, Butler at #13 (jumping up five spots), and Xavier at #17.

Villanova next returns to the court on Wednesday to take on American in the team’s penultimate non-conference game of the season.

AP Top 25

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Villanova (56) 11-0 1,614 1
2 UCLA (3) 12-0 1,514 2
3 Kansas 10-1 1,450 3
4 Baylor (6) 11-0 1,439 4
5 Duke 10-1 1,385 5
6 Kentucky 10-1 1,337 6
7 Gonzaga 11-0 1,211 8
8 North Carolina 10-2 1,170 7
9 Creighton 11-0 1,058 10
10 Louisville 10-1 1,044 11
11 West Virginia 9-1 937 12
12 Virginia 9-1 886 13
13 Butler 10-1 821 18
14 Wisconsin 10-2 781 14
15 Purdue 9-2 754 15
16 Indiana 8-2 719 9
17 Xavier 9-2 542 17
18 Arizona 10-2 501 19
19 Saint Mary's (Calif.) 8-1 389 20
20 Oregon 10-2 299 22
21 Florida State 11-1 290 23
22 South Carolina 9-1 218 16
23 Southern California 10-0 212 24
24 Cincinnati 9-2 202 25
25 Notre Dame 9-2 188 21
Also Receiving Votes: Florida 48, Virginia Tech 40, Maryland 27, Seton Hall 15, Oklahoma State 8, Valparaiso 7, Minnesota 6, Miami 5, Northwestern 4, Iowa State 1, Clemson 1, Kansas State 1, Loyola (CHI) 1