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NCAA Basketball: Canisius at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats are battling the Villanova Wildcats for the top spot in the latest round of college basketball top-25 polls.

The newest AP Poll had Lexington's Cats taking home the top spot thanks to 40 first-place votes. Villanova came in at No. 2 with 20 first-place votes. Indiana got one first-place vote and came in at No. 3, followed by North Carolina (4), Kansas (5) and Duke (6).

Kentucky is now 4-0 after wins over Michigan State and Duquesne last week, which was enough to get them a heavy dose of first-place votes in both major polls this week.

However, the same was true of Villanova, who is 5-0 following wins over Western Michigan, Wake Forest, and UCF last week while winning the Charleston Classic. That's why both schools have great arguments for the top spot in the latest polls.

The CBS Sports' Top 25 (and one) had UK coming in at the No. 1 spot, ahead of Villanova, Indiana, Kansas and Duke to round out the top five. Here is a look at their full poll:

Rank

Team

Summary

Record

1

Kentucky

Malik Monk scored 14 points in Sunday's win over Duquesne. The freshman guard is averaging 15.5 points in 26.0 minutes per game while shooting 38.7 percent from 3-point range.

4-0

2

Villanova

Josh Hart finished with a team-high 15 points in Sunday's win over UCF. Hart is averaging 19.2 points and 4.8 rebounds through five games.

5-0

3

Indiana

James Blackmon finished with 20 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's win over Liberty. He's shooting 51.9 percent from 3-point range.

3-0

4

Kansas

Frank Mason's 18 points Friday led Kansas past Siena. He's averaging 23.0 points, 5.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds.

2-1

5

Duke

Amile Jefferson got 17 points and 15 rebounds in Sunday's win over Rhode Island. He's averaging 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds through five games.

4-1

6

Xavier

Trevon Bluiett got 21 points and eight rebounds in Sunday's win over Northern Iowa. He's averaging a team-high 18.6 points through five games.

5-0

7

North Carolina

Kennedy Meeks got 13 points and seven rebounds in Friday's win over Hawaii. He's averaging a double-double of 12.8 points and 10.0 rebounds.

4-0

8

Virginia

The Cavaliers held Yale to 33.3 percent shooting in Sunday's blowout of the Bulldogs. Marial Shayok got 15 points off of the bench.

3-0

9

UCLA

Lonzo Ball finished with 20 points and 11 assists in Sunday's win over Long Beach State. The freshman guard is averaging 16.3 points, 9.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds through four games.

4-0

10

St. Mary's

Jock Landale made six of the eight shots he took and finished with 15 points in Saturday's win at Dayton. The junior center is averaging 20.3 points per game.

3-0

11

Gonzaga

Missouri transfer Johnathan Williams got 20 points on nine shots in Friday's win over Bryant. He's averaging 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds.

3-0

12

Louisville

Jaylen Johnson scored 14 points in 18 minutes in Thursday's win over Long Beach State. He's averaging 15.3 points this season.

3-0

13

Texas

The Longhorns made 11 3-pointers in Thursday's win over Eastern Washington. Sophomore Tevin Mack had a team-high 19 points.

3-0

14

Arizona

Lauri Markkanen got a team-high 22 points in Friday's win over Sacred Heart. The freshman forward is averaging 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.

3-0

15

Creighton

Seven Bluejays scored in double-figures during Sunday's blowout of North Carolina State. Cole Huff finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster led all scorers with 19 points in Friday's win over UMKC. Maurice Watson added 17 points and nine assists.

4-0

16

Wisconsin

Nigel Hayes missed seven of the eight shots he took in Thursday's win over Chicago State. The Badgers won easily despite shooting just 26.3 percent from beyond the arc.

2-1

17

Baylor

Miami transfer Manu Lecomte's 19 points and four assists Friday pushed Baylor past Florida Gulf Coast. He's averaging 16.7 points and 7.0 assists.

3-0

18

Oregon

Chris Boucher got 25 points in Thursday's win over Valpo. The Ducks are still waiting on the season-debut of Dillon Brooks.

2-1

19

Michigan State

The Spartans benefitted from a controversial ending Sunday night while beating Florida Gulf Coast 78-77. Eron Harris finished with a game-high 31 points.

2-2

20

Rhode Island

The Rams missed eight of the 11 3-point shots they attempted in Sunday's loss to Duke. Jarvis Garrett was 0-of-4 from beyond the arc.

4-1

21

Purdue

Caleb Swanigan's 19 points and 11 rebounds Friday led Purdue past Georgia State. He's averaging 20.7 points and 13.0 rebounds.

2-1

22

Syracuse

Nebraska transfer Andrew White got 18 points in Friday's win over Monmouth. Taurean Thompson added 12 points off of the bench.

3-0

23

California

Former Memphis signee Charlie Moore scored 38 points in Wednesday's win over UC Irvine. Ivan Rabb did not play in the game.

2-0

24

Iowa State

Monte Morris recorded the fifth triple-double in Iowa State history during Sunday's win over The Citadel. The senior point guard finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and zero turnovers.

3-0

25

West Virginia

The Mountaineers forced New Hampshire into 34 turnovers in Sunday's win over the Wildcats. West Virginia is causing turnovers on 34.2 percent of its opponents' possessions.

3-0

26

Wichita State

The Shockers made 15 3-pointers and shot 66.0 percent from the field in Sunday's win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. Landry Shamet and Daishon Smith each had 16 points.

4-0

The latest top 25 from College Basketball Talk has Villanova edging Kentucky for the top spot.

1. Villanova (5-0, Last Week: No. 2): The Wildcats went 4-0 this week. Not only did they go on the road and beat Purdue but they also went down to the Charleston Classic and swept through that tournament with relative ease. I'm not sure they're the best team in the country but it's hard to argue against their résumé.

2. Kentucky (4-0, 4): The win over Michigan State sounds good, but the Spartans aren't actually all that good this season, at least not right now. A 21-point win over the Spartans isn't a season-defining win this year.

3. Indiana (3-0, 5): 
4. Kansas (2-1, 6): 
5. Duke (4-1, 1): 
6. North Carolina (4-0, 7): 
7. Oregon (2-1, 3): 
8. Gonzaga (3-0, 9): 
9. Louisville (3-0, 10):
10. Virginia (3-0, 8): 
11. Arizona (3-0, 11)
12. Xavier (5-0, 14)
13. UCLA (3-0, 13)
14. Syracuse (3-0, 17)
15. Baylor (3-0, NR)
16. Creighton (4-0, 19)
17. Wisconsin (2-1, 12)
18. Virginia Tech (3-0, 18)
19. Purdue (2-1, 16)
20. Rhode Island (4-1, 22)
21. Saint Mary's (3-0, 23)
22. Michigan (4-0, UR)
23. Cincinnati (3-1, 20)
24. Dayton (2-1, 21)
25. Maryland (4-0, 25)