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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Villanova Falls From Top 25 For The First Time

The latest NCAA basketball rankings are out and the news is decidedly mixed for the locals. We’ll start with the good news, which is the Temple Owls. After a couple weeks out of the top 25, Temple re-emerged after a strong final week to rise to #24.

Villanova is where our bad news comes in. After reaching as high #7 in January, the Wildcats were dropped from the top 25 for the first time all season. Losers of 9 of their final 14 games, Nova did receive 64 top 25 votes which would place them at about #28 in the country. To add insult to injury, nine other Big East squads made the top 25.

Nationally, the biggest mover up was North Carolina who jumped from #13 to #6 after they beat Duke to capture the regular season ACC title, but they still sit behind the #5 Blue Devils overall. The biggest notable faller was unfortunately BYU, who dropped from #3 to #8 after their loss to New Mexico which of course followed Brandon Davis’ dismissal from the team due to a violation of the school’s honor code.

Here are the full top 25.

1. Ohio State (29-2) 2. Kansas (29-2) 3. Pittsburgh (27-4) 4. Notre Dame (25-5) 5. Duke (27-4) 6. North Carolina (24-6) 7. San Diego State (29-2) 8. BYU (28-3) 9. Purdue (25-6) 10. Texas (25-6) 11. Syracuse (25-6) 12. Florida (24-6) 13. Wisconsin (23-7) 14. Louisville (23-8) 15. Kentucky (22-8) 16. Arizona (25-6) 17. St. John’s (20-10) 18. Xavier (24-6) 19. Kansas State (22-9) 20. West Virginia (20-10) 21. Connecticut (21-9) 22. Georgetown (21-9) 23. Utah State (28-3) 24. Temple (24-6) 25. Cincinnati (24-7)