Villanova remains No. 1 in AP Poll, but huge Big East test looms

Is Villanova's top spot in jeopardy?

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Villanova remains No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll, holding its comfortable lead over Kansas.

The Wildcats (24-3) received 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday for its third week on top of the poll. Kansas (23-4) was No. 1 on 20 ballots to hold second.

Villanova will have its toughest test yet as the top-ranked team when the Wildcats travel to No. 5 Xavier on Wednesday.

Oklahoma and Virginia are tied for third and are followed in the top 10 by Xavier, Michigan State, North Carolina, Iowa, Arizona and Maryland.

No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 22 Utah return to the rankings this week, replacing Dayton, which dropped out from 15th, and Providence, which was 23rd.

Full Top 25:

1. Villanova (45)  24-3 1,604 1

2. Kansas (20)  23-4 1,580 2

3. Oklahoma  21-5 1,393 3

3. Virginia  21-5 1,393 7

5. Xavier  24-3 1,368 8

6. Michigan St.  22-5 1,346 8

7. North Carolina  22-5 1,241 5

8. Iowa  20-6 1,144 4

9. Arizona  22-5 1,028 12

10. Maryland  23-5  976 6

11. Louisville  21-6  902 18

12. Miami  21-5  851 11

13. Oregon  21-6  842 16

14. West Virginia  20-7  772 10

15. Duke  20-7  674 20

16. Kentucky  20-7  627 14

17. Iowa St.  19-8  616 13

18. Indiana  22-6  571 22

19. Baylor  20-7  521 25

20. Purdue  21-7  357 17

21. Texas A&M  20-7  283  _

22. Utah  21-7  253  _

23. Notre Dame  18-8  185 19

24. SMU  22-4  154 21

25. Texas 17-10  104 24