Villanova back at No. 1 in AP Top 25 men's hoops poll

UCLA's TJ Leaf shoots near Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. UCLA upset No. 1 Kentucky 97-92. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
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Reigning national champion Villanova is No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll for the second time in school history.

The Wildcats (8-0), who were No. 1 for three weeks in February last season, moved up one spot from last week with 57 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday.

UCLA (9-0), which beat No. 1 Kentucky 97-92 on Saturday, jumped from 11th to second with two first-place votes. Kentucky, which dropped to sixth, had been No. 1 for the past two weeks. Duke is the other team to be No. 1 this season, for two weeks.

Villanova was playing Saturday afternoon when the Kentucky game ended. During the latter stages of their 82-57 victory over Saint Joseph's, the Villanova students started chanting ''No. 1! No. 1!'' They have their wish.

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