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College basketball rankings, week 13: Villanova climbs up to #3

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Undefeated weeks usually are a good thing for the pollsters. Jay Wright's Villanova squad took care of business on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in their only game of the week as the Wildcats beat St. John's by 15. In concert with losses by Iowa and Texas A&M last week, 'Nova has returned to the Top 5 being placed at the #3 spot in the newest AP Poll.

Oklahoma remains the top team in the country gathering 45 out of 65 first place votes. North Carolina is also ahead of 'Nova as Maryland and Iowa round out the top 5.

The BIG EAST is also represented in the poll by Xavier at #6 and Providence at #11.

Villanova was tabbed at #4 in the newest USA Today Coaches Poll.

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Oklahoma Sooners (45) 18-2 1605
2 North Carolina Tar Heels (20) 20-2 1578
3 Villanova Wildcats 18-3 1384
4 Maryland Terrapins 19-3 1366
5 Iowa Hawkeyes 17-4 1362
6 Xavier Musketeers 19-2 1344
7 Kansas Jayhawks 17-4 1233
8 Texas A&M Aggies 18-3 1169
9 Virginia Cavaliers 17-4 1086
10 Michigan State Spartans 19-4 1018
11 Providence Friars 18-4 900
12 SMU Mustangs 19-1 853
13 Iowa State Cyclones 16-5 851
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 17-4 814
15 Baylor Bears 17-4 728
16 Oregon Ducks 18-4 551
17 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 16-4 537
18 Purdue Boilermakers 19-4 511
19 Louisville Cardinals 17-4 478
20 Kentucky Wildcats 16-6 429
21 Wichita State Shockers 16-5 323
22 Indiana Hoosiers 18-4 270
23 Arizona Wildcats 17-5 245
24 Dayton Flyers 18-3 168
25 South Carolina Gamecocks 19-2 87
Others Receiving Votes: St. Mary's (18-2) 63; Southern California (17-5) 40; VCU (16-5) 33; Utah (17-5) 33; Notre Dame (15-6) 21; Michigan (17-5) 21; Valparaiso (19-4) 7; Duke (15-6) 6; Pittsburgh (17-4) 4; Florida (14-7) 3; Saint Joseph's (18-3) 1; Stony Brook (17-4) 1; San Diego State (16-6) 1; Texas (14-7) 1


USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS
1 North Carolina (18) 19-2 786
2 Oklahoma (14) 18-2 780
3 Maryland 19-3 667
4 Villanova 18-3 657
5 Xavier 19-2 650
6 Kansas 17-4 627
7 Iowa 17-4 618
8 Texas A&M 18-3 594
9 Virginia 17-4 564
10 Michigan St 19-4 517
11 Providence 18-4 464
12 West Virginia 17-4 374
13 Baylor 17-4 366
14 Iowa St. 16-5 321
15 Miami-Florida 16-4 313
16 Purdue 19-4 278
17 Oregon 18-4 239
18 Louisville 17-4 237
19 Kentucky 16-5 223
20 Arizona 17-5 206
21 Indiana 18-4 200
22 Wichita St. 16-5 163
23 South Carolina 19-2 156
24 Dayton 18-3 120
25 St. Mary's 18-2 61
Others Receiving Votes: Pittsburgh 42; Duke 27; Utah 21; Michigan 19; Notre Dame 17; Southern California 16; Virginia Commonwealth 16; Gonzaga 13; Butler 8; Monmouth 8; Valparaiso 8; Texas 7; St. Joseph?s 5; Florida 4; California 3; Clemson 2; Alabama at Birmingham 1; Seton Hall 1; Washington 1.