Gophers drop out of AP Top 25 after losing three of last four

Minnesota, losers of three of its last four, has dropped out of the AP Top 25. The Gophers, who were ranked 14th last week, received 15 votes.

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Villanova is the new No. 1 in the AP Top 25 while Arizona State made a big leap after a tumultuous week in which half of the top 10 lost.

The Wildcats (10-0) were fourth but earned 41 of 65 first-place votes to hop over Michigan State, which earned 19 first-place votes to climb from third to second. They were the favorites to take over at the top following unanimous No. 1 Duke’s weekend loss at Boston College.

Wichita State climbed three spots to No. 3, followed by Duke and Arizona State. The Sun Devils (9-0) jumped 11 spots and earned the other five first-place votes after winning at then-No. 2 Kansas to extend their best start since the 1974-75 season.

The Jayhawks fell to No. 13 after two losses.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball
poll, with first-place votes in parentheses:
 1. Villanova (41)      10-0   1,598   4
 2. Michigan St. (19)    9-1   1,561   3
 3. Wichita St.          8-1   1,402   6
 4. Duke                11-1   1,362   1
 5. Arizona St (5)       9-0   1,316  16
 6. Miami                8-0   1,272  10
 7. North Carolina       9-1   1,237  11
 8. Kentucky             8-1   1,227   8
 9. Texas A&M            8-1   1,072   7
10. Xavier               9-1   1,044  13
11. West Virginia        9-1     972  18
12. Gonzaga              8-2     805  12
13. Kansas               7-2     760   2
14. TCU                 10-0     718  20
15. Seton Hall           8-1     704  19
16. Virginia             8-1     690  15
17. Purdue              10-2     568  21
18. Notre Dame           8-2     564   9
19. Florida St.          9-0     452   -
20. Tennessee            7-1     342  24
21. Baylor               7-2     281  23
22. Florida              6-3     261   5
23. Arizona              7-3     252   -
24. Texas Tech           7-1     191   -
25. Cincinnati           7-2     145  17
Others receiving votes: Creighton 79, Oklahoma 72, Texas 52,
Louisville 19, Arkansas 17, Virginia Tech 15, Minnesota 15,
Nevada 13, Mississippi St. 8, UCLA 6, SMU 6, Loyola of Chicago 5,
Alabama 4, Georgia 3, Houston 3, N Iowa 3, Towson 3, Syracuse 2,
Boise St. 2, Middle Tennessee 1, Rhode Island 1.