Kentucky, Virginia remain atop AP poll; Villanova falls to No. 7

Monday January 26th, 2015

Kentucky, Virginia and Gonzaga remained Nos. 1-3 in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday, while Villanova fell to No. 7.

The Wildcats remained in the top spot after defeating Vanderbilt and South Carolina last week. Kentucky plays at Missouri on Thursday and hosts Alabama on Saturday.

Virginia is No. 2 for the third straight week, moving to 19-0 with wins over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers defeated the rival Hokies by three points on the road thanks to a late 12-0 run. Gonzaga remained No. 3 after wins over Saint Mary's and Pacific.

Duke, Wisconsin and Arizona all jumped one spot with Villanova falling. The Wildcats lost at Georgetown 78-58 last week before rebounding with a 71-50 win over Creighton. Georgetown re-joined the top 25 with a five-spot jump to No. 21.

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Miami (No. 23) and Butler (No. 25) also climbed into the top 25, while Dayton, Seton Hall and Iowa dropped out.

The complete AP poll is below, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Kentucky Wildcats (64)

2. Virginia Cavaliers (1)

3. Gonzaga Bulldogs

4. Duke Blue Devils

5. Wisconsin Badgers

6. Arizona Wildcats

7. Villanova Wildcats

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

9. Kansas Jayhawks

10. Louisville Cardinals

11. Utah Utes

12. Wichita State Shockers

13. North Carolina Tar Heels

14. Virginia Commonwealth Rams

15. Iowa State Cyclones

16. Maryland Terrapins

17. West Virginia Mountaineers

18. Northern Iowa Panthers

19. Texas Longhorns

20. Baylor Bears

21. Georgetown Hoyas

22. Indiana Hoosiers

23. Miami Hurricanes

24. Oklahoma Sooners

25. Butler Bulldogs

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