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Auburn moves up to eighth in latest AP Top 25

Eighth-ranked Auburn has its highest ranking since January 2000.

Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25.

The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in Monday’s latest poll, followed by the second-ranked Cavaliers and the third-ranked Boilermakers. It marked the fourth straight week that with the trio sitting 1-2-3 in the poll as they continue extended winning streaks.

Michigan State climbed a spot to No. 4, followed by No. 5 Xavier.

Sixth-ranked Cincinnati moved to its highest ranking since January 2004, followed by No. 7 Texas Tech reaching its highest ranking since March 1996. And eighth-ranked Auburn has its highest ranking since January 2000.

Ninth-ranked Duke and No. 10 Kansas rounded out the top 10. They slid along with fellow national powers Arizona and Kentucky after losses in an upset-filled weekend.

1. Villanova (48) 22-1

2. Virginia (16) 22-1

3. Purdue (1) 23-2

4. Michigan St. 22-3

5. Xavier 21-3

6. Cincinnati 21-2

7. Texas Tech 19-4

8. Auburn 21-2

9. Duke 19-4

10. Kansas 18-5

11. Saint Mary's (Cal)23-2

12. Gonzaga 21-4

13. Arizona 19-5

14. Ohio St. 20-5

15. Tennessee 17-5

16. Clemson 19-4

17. Oklahoma 16-6

18. Rhode Island 19-3

19. West Virginia 17-6

20. Michigan 19-6

21. North Carolina 17-7

22. Wichita St. 17-5

23. Nevada 20-4

24. Kentucky 17-6

25. Miami 17-5

Others receiving votes: Butler 65, Washington 54, Florida St. 27, New Mexico St. 23, Seton Hall 20, Creighton 18, Arizona St 17, Texas 15, NC State 12, Alabama 8, Middle Tennessee 6, Nebraska 4, Florida 3, Houston 3, TCU 3, Oklahoma St. 2, ETSU 1, Vermont 1.

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