Vil­lanova moves up a spot to No. 2 in poll

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jim O’Con­nell

De­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Vil­lanova (5-0) moved up one spot to sec­ond with 21 No. 1 votes fol­low­ing a four-win week that in­cluded one at then-No. 15 Pur­due.

The Wild­cats (4-0), who also beat then-No. 13 Michi­gan State in the Cham­pi­ons Clas­sic, re­ceived 42 first-place votes from the 65-mem­ber na­tional me­dia panel in the poll re­leased Mon­day . Ken­tucky was ranked No. 1 for two weeks last sea­son.

De­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Vil­lanova (5-0) moved up one spot to sec­ond with 21 No. 1 votes fol­low­ing a four-win week that in­cluded one at then-No. 15 Pur­due.

In­di­ana (3-0), which moved up three places to third, re­ceived the other two first-place votes. This is the Hoosiers’ high­est rank­ing since they were third in the next-to-last poll of 2012-13.

North Carolina moved up one place to fourth and was fol­lowed by Kansas, Duke, Vir­ginia, Ari­zona, Xavier and Louisville.

Gon­zaga jumped three spots to 11th and was fol­lowed by Creighton and Ore­gon, which fell from No. 4 to 13th af­ter los­ing to Baylor.

UCLA was No. 14 fol­lowed by Saint Mary’s, Wis­con­sin, Pur­due, Syra­cuse, West Vir­ginia and new­comer Baylor.

The last six are Iowa State, Texas, Rhode Is­land, Michi­gan State, Michi­gan and Florida State. Michi­gan and Florida State, the week’s other new­com­ers, tied for 25th.

Baylor (3-0), Michi­gan (40) and Florida State (4-0) re­place Cincinnati and Cal­i­for­nia, which were 24th and 25th last week. Cincinnati and Cal­i­for­nia were both ranked for one week.

The At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence leads with six ranked teams while the Big Ten and Big 12 have five each.

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