It was a stellar week for the Big East and as a result, three teams from the conference now reside in the Associated Press’ most recent top-25 rankings. Perhaps most shocking is that none of the teams is Villanova, a pre-season top-10 team and the prohibitive conference favorite. The Wildcats are now ranked No. 17 after they lost at Virginia on Saturday.
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Xavier, off to a stellar 11-0 start, rises to No.6 in the rankings. Butler, who had a statement win over Purdue Saturday, now come in at No. 9, while the Kris Dunn-led Providence Friars come it at No.10. It is the first time that the Friars are in the top-10 in 37 years.
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Michigan State, who will now have to be without the services of superstar Denzel Valentine for a few weeks, still remains at the top, as it still undefeated (12-0) on the year. The Spartans received 64 of 65 first-place votes. Kansas and Oklahoma remain at the No.2 and No.3 spots, respectively, just as they did last week. Maryland and Virginia round out this week’s top-5.
North Carolina, after beating UCLA on Saturday, jump to No. 7 in the rankings, while Arizona enters the top-10 at No. 8 after beating UNLV on Saturday.
Utah, who beat Duke at MSG on Saturday, and the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks are newcomers to the rankings. Utah re-enters the poll at No.24, while South Carolina comes in at No.25. Those two clubs replace UCLA and UConn in the poll.
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