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College basketball rankings, week 5: Villanova ascends to #1

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The Wildcats lead four BIG EAST teams in the top 20.

St Joseph's v Villanova Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Associated Press has released their newest Men’s Basketball Top 25 Poll for the fifth week of the 2016-17 season and Villanova is the nation's newest #1.

Jay Wright’s squad collected 57 of 65 first place votes as the Wildcats knocked off a pair of Big 5 rivals, Penn and St. Joseph’s (PA) last week by a combined 58 points.

‘Nova (8-0), who previously appeared for three weeks at the top spot of the AP’s poll starting on February 8th last season, moved up a spot from last week.

Kentucky, last week’s #1 dropped to #6 after losing to UCLA on Saturday as the Bruins jumped up to #2 in this week’s poll. Kansas, Baylor, and Duke round out the top 5.

The BIG EAST was also represented by Creighton at #10, Xavier at #13, and Butler at #16.

Villanova next returns to the court on Tuesday with a Big 5 matchup against LaSalle at The Palestra.

AP Top 25

RANK SCHOOL POINTS PREVIOUS RECORD
1 Villanova (57) 1,613 2 8-0
2 UCLA (2) 1,478 11 9-0
3 Kansas 1,458 4 7-1
4 Baylor (6) 1,437 9 8-0
5 Duke 1,389 5 8-1
6 Kentucky 1,274 1 7-1
7 North Carolina 1,234 3 8-1
8 Gonzaga 1,198 8 8-0
9 Indiana 1,103 13 7-1
10 Creighton 1,003 10 8-0
11 Louisville 901 14 7-1
12 Saint Mary's 899 12 6-0
13 Xavier 784 7 7-1
14 Virginia 758 6 7-1
15 West Virginia 729 25 6-1
16 Butler 691 18 8-0
17 Wisconsin 655 17 7-2
18 Purdue 485 15 6-2
19 South Carolina 476 20 8-0
20 Arizona 320 16 6-2
21 Florida 285 24 7-1
22 Cincinnati 258 NR 7-1
23 Notre Dame 197 NR 8-0
24 Oregon 175 23 7-2
25 Iowa State 95 19 5-2
Others receiving votes: Syracuse 45, Southern Cal 43, Ohio St. 40, TCU 33, Florida St. 18, Virginia Tech 11, California 10, Maryland 9, Valparaiso 7, Wichita St. 5, Temple 3, Michigan St. 3, Minnesota 1, IPFW 1, UNC Wilmington 1