Villanova tops AP poll for first time, Oklahoma falls to third

The Wildcats jumped from third to first in the latest poll.

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Villanova is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time.

The Wildcats (20-3) made the jump from third following then-No. 1 Oklahoma’s loss to Kansas State and then-No. 2 North Carolina’s losses to Louisville and Notre Dame.

Villanova received 32 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Maryland, which received 13 No. 1 votes, moved up two spots to second.

Oklahoma, which had been No. 1 for the last three weeks, dropped to third and received seven first-place votes. Iowa, which got 11 first-place votes, is fourth and is followed in the top 10 by Xavier, Kansas, Virginia, Michigan State, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Kansas and Virginia both received one first-place vote.

No. 23 Southern Cal and No. 24 Texas are the week’s two newcomers, replacing Indiana and South Carolina.

Here is the full Top 25:

1. Villanova (32)  

2. Maryland (13)  

3. Oklahoma (7)  

4. Iowa (11)  

5. Xavier 

6. Kansas (1)  

7. Virginia (1)  

8. Michigan St.  

9. North Carolina  

10. West Virginia  

11. Oregon  

12. Miami 

13. Louisville  

14. Iowa St.  

15. Texas A&M  

16. SMU  

17. Arizona  

18. Purdue  

19. Dayton  

20. Providence

21. Baylor  

22. Kentucky 

23. Southern Cal 

24. Texas  

25. Wichita St.