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College basketball rankings, week 14: Villanova ascends to #1

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The newest polls are out and Villanova is the nation's newest #1 as the 'Cats collected 32 of 65 first place votes.

After posting two solid victories in the past 7 days; a 25-point shellacking against Creighton and a 12-point victory on the road at previously 11th ranked Providence, 'Nova did what they had to do to hold their spot in the National Polls. Their ascent was assisted by a combined three losses to Oklahoma and North Carolina who were ranked ahead of the 'Cats in last week's poll.

This is the first time the Wildcats have ever held the nation's poll pole position. They had been ranked #2 on five previous occasions. "We’re honored and humbled to have been voted No.1 by the writers in the Associated Press poll and the coaches in the USA Today Coaches poll," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in a statement. "There’s still a lot of basketball left to be played and handling this will be another challenge for our team. We look forward to it."

Maryland, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Xavier round out the Top 5.

"The No. 1 national ranking is not only attributed to Jay Wright and the team’s on court success, but it is a reflection of the program’s culture of excellence that promotes academic achievement, community involvement and an unselfish approach both on and off the court," said Director of Athletics Mark Jackson. "This group of Wildcats play for those that came before them and have a great appreciation for the tradition of Villanova Basketball. In my mind, these are the essential characteristics that make up a top-ranked program in college basketball. This is a historic day for Villanova University and an achievement that should make all of Nova Nation proud."

Besides 'Nova and Xavier, the BIG EAST is also represented by Providence at #20.

Southern Cal (#23) and Texas (#24) are the newest additions to the Top 25; Seton Hall also received votes this week.

Villanova was also tabbed at the #1 spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova Wildcats (32) 20-3 1,566
2 Maryland Terrapins (13) 21-3 1,499
3 Oklahoma Sooners (7) 19-3 1,472
4 Iowa Hawkeyes (11) 19-4 1,471
5 Xavier Musketeers 21-2 1,382
6 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 19-4 1,311
7 Virginia Cavaliers (1) 19-4 1,223
8 Michigan State Spartans 20-4 1,144
9 North Carolina Tar Heels 19-4 1,136
10 West Virginia Mountaineers 19-4 1,082
11 Oregon Ducks 20-4 905
12 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 18-4 826
13 Louisville Cardinals 19-4 819
14 Iowa State Cyclones 17-6 781
15 Texas A&M Aggies 18-5 663
16 SMU Mustangs 20-2 593
17 Arizona Wildcats 19-5 497
18 Purdue Boilermakers 19-5 456
19 Dayton Flyers 19-3 413
20 Providence Friars 18-6 349
21 Baylor Bears 17-6 333
22 Kentucky Wildcats 17-6 228
23 USC Trojans 18-5 225
24 Texas Longhorns 16-7 199
25 Wichita State Shockers 17-6 132
Others receiving votes: South Carolina 128, Indiana 91, Notre Dame 75, San Diego State 22, Duke 14, Seton Hall 14, Gonzaga 10, LSU 10, VCU 10, Valparaiso 9, Stony Brook 8, Saint Mary's 6, Saint Joseph's 5, UNC Wilmington 4, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Chattanooga 2, Connecticut 2, George Washington 2, Michigan 1, Monmouth 1


USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (11) 20-3 753
2 Maryland (11) 21-3 749
3 Oklahoma (3) 19-3 708
4 Xavier 21-2 683
5 Iowa (3) 19-4 674
6 Kansas (2) 19-4 670
7 Virginia 19-4 616
8 North Carolina (1) 19-4 599
9 Michigan State (1) 20-4 567
10 West Virginia 19-4 490
11 Miami (FL) 18-4 433
12 Oregon 20-4 423
13 Texas A&M 18-5 387
14 Arizona 19-5 310
15 Iowa State 17-6 307
16 Purdue 19-5 292
17 Dayton 19-3 236
17 Providence 18-6 236
19 Baylor 17-6 221
20 South Carolina 20-3 185
21 Kentucky 17-6 178
22 Indiana 19-5 119
23 USC 18-5 105
24 Wichita St 17-6 91
25 Texas 16-7 69
Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 63, Gonzaga 53, Duke 40, Saint Mary's 28, Pittsburgh 25, Seton Hall 21, Valparaiso 14, Louisville 12, Monmouth 12, Utah 12, VCU 8, LSU 5, Saint Joseph's 2, Stony Brook 1, California 1, Clemson 1, Arkansas-Little Rock 1