Monday March 9th, 2015

Duke jumped Virginia to take over the No. 2 spot behind Kentucky in this week's AP Top 25 after the Blue Devils beat North Carolina on Saturday. 

Virginia lost on the road to Louisville, only the Cavaliers' second loss of the season. Two-loss Villanova, which beat St. John's 105-68 on Saturday, and Arizona round out the top five.

Wichita State dropped from No. 8 to No. 12 after its loss to Illinois State in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals.

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Murray State, which lost to Belmot in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game, fell out of the top 25, as did Providence, Ohio State and SMU.

Davidson makes it first appearance in the rankings this week. The Wildcats are ranked No. 24 after defeating Duquesne, 107-78, on the road Saturday to clinch the Atlantic 10 regular season title in their first season in the conference. 

The full rankings are below:

• ​Duke center Jahlil Okafor named ACC player of the year

1. Kentucky 
2. Duke
3. Virginia
4. Villanova
5. Arizona
6. Wisconsin
7. Gonzaga
8. Maryland
9. Kansas
10. Northern Iowa
11. Notre Dame
12. Wichita State 
13. Iowa State
14. Louisville 
15. Oklahoma
16. Baylor
17. Utah
18. West Virginia 
19. North Carolina
20. SMU
21. Arkansas 
22. Butler
23. Georgetown
24. Davidson
25. Boise State

- Dan Gartland

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