Kentucky, Virginia still lead AP Top 25; Duke, Villanova rise

Monday March 2nd, 2015

Kentucky and Virginia held onto the top two spots in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week, while Duke and Villanova jumped to Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.

Kentucky (29-0) remained No. 1 after double-digit wins over Mississippi State and Arkansas. Virginia (27-1) routed Wake Forest on the road 70-34 before defeating Virginia Tech 69-57.

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Duke (26-3) picked up a five-point road win over Virginia Tech and then defeated Syracuse 73-54 to jump one spot to No. 3. Villanova (27-2) had a pair of double-digit wins over Providence and Xavier to climb two spots to No. 4.

Their moves were made possible No. 6 Wisconsin (26-3), which fell two spots after a road loss to Maryland. The Terrapins jumped four spots to No. 10, while The Badgers rebounded with a win over Michigan State.

Other big movers include No. 7 Gonzaga (29-2), which dropped four spots after a three-point loss to BYU. No. 12 Notre Dame (24-5) fell three spots after losing to Syracuse. No. 14 Baylor also climbed five spots, while No. 17 Iowa State fell five spots.

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No. 23 Ohio State (21-8) and No. 25 Murray State (26-4) both entered the top 25.

This week's complete top 25 is below:

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

Mike Fiammetta

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