Villanova returns to No. 1 spot in AP poll

Villanova returned to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday after falling out of the top spot for one week.

The Wildcats moved up from No. 3 after a week of upsets that included losses by No. 1 Michigan State (to Ohio State) and No. 2 Duke (to North Carolina State).

Villanova received 52 of 65 first-place votes. The Wildcats (14-1) spent three weeks as No. 1 in December before losing to Butler on Dec. 30.

West Virginia (14-1) climbed four spots to No. 2 — the Mountaineers’ highest ranking since December 1959 in Jerry West’s senior season. West Virginia got 12 first-place votes.

Virginia (14-1), which received the other first-place vote, moved up five spots to No. 3, followed by Michigan State (15-2). Purdue (15-2) and Wichita State (13-2) are tied at No. 5.

Duke (13-2) fell five spots to No. 7, followed by Texas Tech (14-1), Oklahoma (12-2) and Xavier (15-2) to round out the Top 10.

–Field Level Media