Villanova is moving up in the latest AP Poll again, this time back into the top five. After a road win at St. John’s, Jay Wright’s squad has moved up three spots to #3, their highest ranking of the season. The Wildcats were up to #2 in last season’s first postseason poll, but have not ranked in the top three during the regular season since February 2010.
Despite their impressive road win over then-ranked #10 Providence, Xavier only moved up one spot to #6. Besides the Musketeers, the only other top ten teams with only two losses are #1 Oklahoma and #2 North Carolina. Providence fell slightly, only one spot to #11. The Friars will fight Villanova on Saturday to reenter the top ten.
After its fourth loss in five games, Duke has unsurprisingly fell out of the top 25 altogether. This week’s poll therefore ends their streak of being ranked at 167 weeks. Their more than eight year streak was the fifth-longest in history, the all-time longest being UCLA’s 1966-1980 run.
Here are the polls, courtesy of ESPN (click to enlarge):
AP Poll Coaches’ Poll