College basketball rankings: Duke, Kansas, UNC back in top 10 of AP Top 25 poll

Last week's AP Top 25 shakeup vaulted Virginia into the No. 1 spot for the first time since 1982, and the Cavaliers held steady atop this week's poll with 42 of 65 first-place votes. Madness inside the top 10 this past week however produced a scramble beneath them with a brand new order from 5-10.

Altogether, the top 10 teams last week stumbled to a combined 10-9 overall -- headlined by an 0-2 week for both Cincinnati and Ohio State and a 1-1 week for Villanova, Xavier, Texas Tech and Purdue, giving us a new top 10 that includes appearances by North Carolina, Kansas and Duke.

Michigan State, which mounted an historic comeback on Saturday to stun Northwestern, remained at No. 2 in this week's poll and Villanova and Xavier kept its spots at 3 and 4. The Spartans garnered 19 first-place votes behind Virginia. Villanova received four first-place votes.

AP Top 25 poll

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 18, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

RANK

SCHOOL

RECORD

POINTS

PREVIOUS

1

Virginia (42)

24-2

1,601

1

2

Michigan State (19)

26-3

1,565

2

3

Villanova (4)

24-3

1,509

3

4

Xavier

24-4

1,398

4

5

Duke

22-5

1,292

12

6

Texas Tech

22-5

1,206

7

7

Gonzaga

25-4

1,206

9

8

Kansas

21-6

1,166

13

9

Purdue

24-5

1,130

6

10

North Carolina

21-7

1,074

14

11

Cincinnati

23-4

954

5

12

Auburn

23-4

873

10

13

Wichita State

21-5

870

19

14

Arizona

21-6

831

17

15

Clemson

20-6

683

11

16

Ohio State

22-7

680

8

17

Michigan

22-7

615

22

18

Rhode Island

21-4

455

16

19

Tennessee

19-7

427

18

20

Nevada

23-5

330

24

21

West Virginia

19-8

329

20

22

Saint Mary's

25-4

291

15

23

Houston

21-5

263

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24

Middle Tennessee

22-5

87

--

25

Florida State

19-8

63

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Others receiving votes: Baylor 52, Kentucky 33, Arizona St 32, Arkansas 23, UCLA 20, St. Bonaventure 13, Virginia Tech 12, Creighton 10, Penn St. 6, Kansas St 5, Missouri 5, Texas A&M 4, TCU 4, Butler 2, Loyola of Chicago 2, Alabama 1, Oklahoma 1, Boise St. 1, ETSU 1.

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