NCAA basketball rankings 2016: Villanova, UCLA stay atop the polls

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Updated: December 19, 2016
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By Ricky O’Donnell

The defending champs are still the No. 1 team in college basketball according to the new polls.

The Villanova Wildcats remain the No. 1 team in this week’s college basketball polls with a perfect record and just one non-conference game left before the start of Big East play. The Wildcats played only one game this week, downing Temple 78-57 on Tuesday to move the defending champs to 11-0.

Villanova is followed by UCLA, who stay at No. 2 after a win over Ohio State in Las Vegas on Saturday. The Bruins are scoring an incredible 96.9 points per game with a four-guard attack that can stretch the floor and play with pace. UCLA has one non-conference tuneup left before facing Oregon to open Pac-12 play on Dec. 28.

Kentucky checks in at No. 6 after winning a thriller against North Carolina on Saturday behind an amazing effort from Malik Monk. Monk’s 47-point gem comes before the biggest game of the season in the state of Kentucky, when the Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals play on Wednesday. Louisville is No. 10 in this week’s poll. The two teams are a combined 20-2.

Indiana is the only team to exit the top 10 of the polls this week after losing to Butler. The Hoosiers — who beat North Carolina and Kansas but have now lost to in-state rivals Butler and Fort Wayne — are No. 16 this week.

Here’s a complete look at this week’s AP Poll:

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (56) 11-0 1,614
2 UCLA (3) 12-0 1,514
3 Kansas 10-1 1,450
4 Baylor (6) 11-0 1,439
5 Duke 10-1 1,385
6 Kentucky 10-1 1,337
7 Gonzaga 11-0 1,211
8 North Carolina 10-2 1,170
9 Creighton 11-0 1,058
10 Louisville 10-1 1,044
11 West Virginia 9-1 937
12 Virginia 9-1 886
13 Butler 10-1 821
14 Wisconsin 10-2 781
15 Purdue 9-2 754
16 Indiana 8-2 719
17 Xavier 9-2 542
18 Arizona 10-2 501
19 Saint Mary’s 8-1 389
20 Oregon 10-2 299
21 Florida State 11-1 290
22 South Carolina 9-1 218
23 USC 10-0 212
24 Cincinnati 9-2 202
25 Notre Dame 9-2 188
Also Receiving Votes:Florida 48, Virginia Tech 40, Maryland 27, Seton Hall 15, Oklahoma State 8, Valparaiso 7, Minnesota 6, Miami 5, Northwestern 4, Iowa State 1, Clemson 1, Kansas State 1, Loyola (CHI) 1

Via:: http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2016/12/19/14006966/2016-college-basketball-rankings-villanova-duke-kansas-kentucky

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