WSU tied for 5th in AP hoops poll

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The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 7, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

                        Record    Pts  Pvs
 1. Villanova (52)      14-1   1,611   3
 2. West Virginia (12)  14-1   1,559   6
 3. Virginia (1)        14-1   1,438   8
 4. Michigan St.        15-2   1,390   1
 5. Purdue              15-2   1,225  13
 5. Wichita St.         13-2   1,225   9
 7. Duke                13-2   1,222   2
 8. Texas Tech          14-1   1,174  18
 9. Oklahoma            12-2   1,152   7
10. Xavier              15-2   1,050   5
11. Arizona St          13-2   1,036   4
12. Kansas              12-3     888  10
13. Seton Hall          14-2     759  21
14. Cincinnati          14-2     739  19
15. Gonzaga             14-3     676  19
16. TCU                 13-2     621  16
17. Arizona             12-4     537  14
18. Miami               13-2     502  15
19. Clemson             14-1     465  25
20. North Carolina      12-4     423  12
21. Kentucky            12-3     314  17
22. Auburn              14-1     243   -
23. Florida St.         12-3     202  24
24. Tennessee           10-4     198  23
25. Creighton           13-3     160   -

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 121, Florida 85, Texas A&M 62, Ohio St. 29, Rhode Island 7, Michigan 5, Nevada 2, Baylor 2, New Mexico St. 1, Georgia 1, Arkansas 1.


Villanova's slide out of No. 1 in the AP Top 25 lasted just a week.

The Wildcats returned to the top spot in Monday's poll after an upset-filled week that included losses by No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Duke. Villanova got 52 of 65 first-place votes to move up from third to No. 1, where it spent three weeks in December.

West Virginia climbed four spots to No. 2. This is the Mountaineers' highest ranking since December 1959 in Jerry West's senior season.

Virginia climbed five spots to No. 3, followed by Michigan State. Purdue and Wichita State tied for No. 5.

Duke fell five spots to No. 7, followed by Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Xavier to round out the top 10.
 

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