Wichita State and Kansas each jump two spots in latest AP poll

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Kansas players celebrate the victory after an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

Virginia has firmed up its No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25, No. 3 Xavier has the program’s highest ranking and Villanova dropped to No. 4 after losing to Creighton.

Virginia received 48 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday, up six votes from last week. The Cavaliers are No. 1 for the third straight week after clinching the ACC title with a pair of victories last week.

No. 2 Michigan State received the other 17 first-place votes and Xavier moved up a spot after beating Georgetown in its only game last week. Villanova and Duke round out the top five.

The Wildcats dropped just one spot after losing in overtime to unranked Creighton.

Wichita State was No. 13 and jumped two spots to No. 11 following a win over SMU. Kansas was previously ranked No. 8 and jumped to No. 6 following the win at Texas Tech.  Kansas set an NCAA record with its 14th straight regular-season conference championship.

RANKTEAMPV RANK
1Virginia (48)1
2Michigan State(17)2
3Xavier4
4Villanova3
5Duke5
6Kansas8
7Gonzaga6
8Purdue9
9North Carolina10
10Cincinnati11
11Wichita State13
12Texas Tech6
13Ohio State16
14Auburn12
15Michigan17
16Tennessee19
17Rhode Island18
18Clemson15
19Arizona14
20West Virginia21
21Nevada20
22Saint Mary’s (Cal)22
23Kentucky
24Middle Tennessee24
25Houston23

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