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AP Basketball Poll: Villanova remains on the outside of the Top 25.

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‘Cats excluded from poll for second consecutive week. Duke is your new #1

NCAA Basketball: Connecticut at Villanova Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

In a week that saw Villanova (9-4) manage a single victory over unranked Connecticut, the Wildcats, remain out of the AP’s Top 25 in the newest poll released on Christmas Eve Day.

Duke ascended to the top spot this week, with Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kansas (last week’s #1) rounding out the top 5.

The BIG EAST is solely represented by Marquette at #18. St. John’s and Seton Hall also received votes alongside ‘Nova.

Villanova next plays on Wednesday, January 2nd, when they host DePaul to open the BIG EAST Conference part of their schedule.

December 24 AP Poll

RK TEAM REC PTS
RK TEAM REC PTS
1 Duke(35) 11-1 1529
2 Michigan(9) 12-0 1472
3 Tennessee(12) 10-1 1471
4 Virginia(4) 11-0 1427
5 Kansas(4) 10-1 1386
6 Nevada 12-0 1316
7 Gonzaga 11-2 1199
8 Michigan State 10-2 1146
9 Florida State 11-1 1061
10 Virginia Tech 10-1 924
11 Texas Tech 10-1 845
12 Auburn 10-2 770
13 Ohio State 11-1 737
14 North Carolina 8-3 678
15 Wisconsin 10-2 673
16 Kentucky 9-2 664
17 Arizona State 9-2 626
18 Marquette 10-2 538
19 Mississippi State 11-1 518
20 NC State 11-1 292
21 Buffalo 11-1 279
22 Houston 12-0 274
23 Indiana 11-2 247
24 Iowa 10-2 178
25 Oklahoma 11-1 163
Others receiving votes:Nebraska 160, Kansas St 69, St. John’s 67, Villanova 44, Cincinnati 11, Iowa St. 11, TCU 6, Seton Hall 5, Louisville 4, Purdue 3, Furman 2, Belmont 2, NJIT 1, Penn 1, San Francisco 1.