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College basketball rankings, week 8: Villanova retains #1 spot in AP Poll

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Wildcats are the top team for the third straight week.

NCAA Basketball: Pennsylvania at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Villanova retained the top spot in the newest AP Rankings released on Christmas Day, but the Wildcats did lose two first place after a slow week that saw them win, and play, their only game against Hofstra.

The next three teams remain unchanged with Michigan State, Arizona State, and Duke following Jay Wright’s ‘Cats.

The BIG EAST is also represent by Xavier, who jumped to #6, Seton Hall at #23, and Creighton at #25.

Villanova tips off conference action on Wednesday when they travel to Chicago to play DePaul.

2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Week 8

Rank TEAM RECORD PTS
Rank TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (43) 12-0 1,600
2 Michigan State (16) 12-1 1,560
3 Arizona State (6) 12-0 1,481
4 Duke 12-1 1,435
5 Texas A&M 11-1 1,309
6 Xavier 12-1 1,242
7 West Virginia 11-1 1,226
8 Wichita State 10-2 992
9 Virginia 11-1 969
10 TCU 12-0 923
11 Kansas 10-2 920
12 Oklahoma 10-1 901
13 North Carolina 11-2 891
14 Purdue 12-2 839
15 Miami 10-1 827
16 Kentucky 9-2 735
17 Arizona 10-3 511
18 Baylor 10-2 437
19 Tennessee 9-2 405
20 Gonzaga 10-3 382
21 Cincinnati 11-2 377
22 Texas Tech 11-1 351
23 Seton Hall 11-2 227
24 Florida State 11-1 169
25 Creighton 10-2 143
Others receiving votes: Arkansas 85, Clemson 55, Notre Dame 40, Louisville 26, Texas 21, UCLA 12, Oklahoma State 8, SMU 5, St. Bonaventure 5, Auburn 5, New Mexico State 4, Rhode Island 2, Nevada 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Florida 1, Michigan 1, Minnesota 1