Wichita State, Kansas move up two spots

(AP) Virginia has firmed up its No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25, No. 3 Xavier has the program's highest ranking and Villanova dropped to No. 4 after losing to Creighton.

Virginia received 48 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday, up six votes from last week. The Cavaliers are No. 1 for the third straight week after clinching the ACC title with a pair of victories last week.

No. 2 Michigan State received the other 17 first-place votes and Xavier moved up a spot after beating Georgetown in its only game last week. Villanova and Duke round out the top five.

The Wildcats dropped just one spot after losing in overtime to unranked Creighton

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Virginia (48) 26-2 1,608
2 Michigan State (17) 28-3 1,571
3 Xavier 25-4 1,422
4 Villanova 25-4 1,416
5 Duke 24-5 1,362
6 Kansas 23-6 1,272
7 Gonzaga 27-4 1,231
8 Purdue 26-5 1,178
9 North Carolina 22-7 1,140
10 Cincinnati 25-4 1,013
11 Wichita State 23-5 945
12 Texas Tech 22-7 887
13 Ohio State 24-7 791
14 Auburn 24-5 781
15 Michigan 24-7 753
16 Tennessee 21-7 564
17 Rhode Island 23-4 558
18 Clemson 21-7 499
19 Arizona 22-7 450
20 West Virginia 21-8 429
21 Nevada 25-5 386
22 Saint Mary's 27-4 318
23 Kentucky 20-9 174
24 Middle Tennessee 23-5 144
25 Houston 22-6 45