Fresh off their first loss of the season, the Villanova Wildcats dropped from third to eighth yesterday in the Associated Press' men's basketball top 25.
After losing at Temple, 75-65, on Sunday, Villanova is 9-1. Among the teams that climbed over the Wildcats in the AP poll are two Big East rivals, Syracuse (No. 5) and West Virginia (No. 6).
The Owls (8-2) received votes from the media in the AP poll but did not move into the top 25; they are 30th, sandwiched between Clemson and Northwestern.
That's the same spot the Temple men hold in the USA Today/ESPN men's poll, and the Owls women hold in the AP poll.
The Wildcats play Fordham on Saturday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J. Temple visits Seton Hall on Saturday night.
Kansas and Texas remained 1-2 in the Associated Press men's rankings. Three other Big Twelve schools are in the top 25: Texas Tech at No. 16, Kansas State at No. 17, and Texas A&M at No. 23.
Georgia Tech 95, Chattanooga 64 -
Gani Lawal scored 29 points to lead the No. 22 Yellow Jackets over the Mocs in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Derrick Favors had 14 points, Glen Rice added 11, and Mfon Udofia and Maurice Miller had 10 each for the Yellow Jackets (7-1) in their first true road game of the season.
Ty Patterson scored 22 points for the Mocs (5-5), while Vanderbilt transfer Keegan Bell added 13.
Chattanooga trimmed a 16-point deficit to six before the Yellow Jackets closed the first half on a 13-0 run to take a 52-33 lead.
Georgia Tech controlled the second half, never leading by less than 15 points.
The Yellow Jackets shot 60.8 percent from the field.
Elsewhere: Tasmin Mitchell scored 24 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds as Louisiana State defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 77-60, in Baton Rouge. . . . UNC-Wilmington beat Campbell, 79-59, at home. . . . Houston outgunned Troy by a score of 93-85 at home.
Michigan 72, Xavier 71 -
Freshman Dayeesha Hollins scored 22 points, including a layup with 17 seconds left that rallied the Wolverines over No. 12 Xavier in Cincinnati.
Carmen Reynolds scored 18 points and Krista Phillips added 16 for Michigan (8-2), which won its fourth straight game, all on the road. Hollins, playing in her hometown, finished with nine rebounds.
Michigan trailed by 38-33 at halftime, but Hollins scored the first seven points of the second half, sparking a 19-2 run.
Springside School graduate Katie Rutan led Xavier (7-2) with 18 points, and Amber Harris contributed 13, including a three-point play that put Xavier ahead by 71-70 with 38 seconds left.