Villanova maintained its No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press top 25 Monday, picking up four more first-place votes than it had the previous week.
The Wildcats (11-0), who won their only game of the week, 87-67 over Temple, collected 45 first-place votes in the balloting of media members to hold a solid lead over No. 2 Michigan State. The Spartans (10-1) notched 15 first-place votes, down four from a week ago.
Arizona State (10-0), which picked up the other five first-place votes, jumped from No. 5 to No. 3.
For the Wildcats, it marked the second time this year and 13th time overall that they had been voted No. 1 in the AP poll. They made their debut atop the rankings on Feb. 8, 2016 – their national-championship season – and continued for the next two weeks.
Villanova was ranked No. 1 for eight weeks last season, earning that spot over a nine-week period from Dec. 5, 2016, to Feb. 20, 2017.
Duke, which did not play last week, stayed at No. 4 this week, while North Carolina moved up from No. 7 to No. 5 after its road win over Tennessee. The rest of the top 10 consisted of Miami, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Xavier, and West Virginia.