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New College Basketball Top 25 Polls

Kentucky and Kansas will face off with their highest combined ranking of the season.

The Kentucky Wildcats continue their climb up the polls.

Thanks to the UCLA Bruins losing last week, UK is now up to the No. 4 spot in this week's AP Top 25 Poll. It's the first time UK has been inside the top four since their win over North Carolina, who now checks in at No. 9. That came right before Kentucky lost to Louisville, who checks in at No. 13 following their loss at No. 6 Florida State.

Villanova and Kansas are still jockeying for the No. 1 spot. Last week, the Coaches Poll has Kansas at No. 1, while Nova took the AP Poll's top spot, which they maintained this week.

West Virginia was the biggest faller this week, dropping from No. 7 to 18 after losses to Oklahoma and Kansas State.

Arizona, fresh off their win at UCLA, climbed from No. 14 to 7 in this week's AP Poll. Those Wildcats suddenly look as dangerous as the other Cats ranked higher.

As for the SEC, Florida (25) and South Carolina (23) managed to stay just inside the top 25, despite combining for three losses last week. That included a Gators home loss to Vanderbilt.

Here is the entire AP Poll:

1
Villanova (35)
Big East
Record: 19-1
PV Rank
1
Points
1,591
2
Kansas (28)
Big 12
Record: 18-1
2
1,572
3
Gonzaga (2)
West Coast
Record: 19-0
4
1,471
4
Kentucky
SEC
Record: 17-2
5
1,414
5
Baylor
Big 12
Record: 18-1
6
1,379
6
Florida State
ACC
Record: 18-2
10
1,215
7
Arizona
Pac-12
Record: 18-2
14
1,190
8
UCLA
Pac-12
Record: 19-2
3
1,177
9
North Carolina
ACC
Record: 18-3
9
1,171
10
Oregon
Pac-12
Record: 18-2
11
1,035
11
Butler
Big East
Record: 17-3
13
914
12
Virginia
ACC
Record: 15-3
16
803
13
Louisville
ACC
Record: 16-4
12
796
14
Notre Dame
ACC
Record: 17-3
15
767
15
Wisconsin
Big Ten
Record: 16-3
17
746
16
Creighton
Big East
Record: 18-2
7
731
17
Duke
ACC
Record: 15-4
18
628
18
West Virginia
Big 12
Record: 15-4
7
569
19
Cincinnati
American Athletic Conference (AAC)
Record: 17-2
20
478
20
Purdue
Big Ten
Record: 16-4
21
412
21
Saint Mary's (Cal)
West Coast
Record: 17-2
23
290
22
Maryland
Big Ten
Record: 17-2
25
261
23
South Carolina
SEC
Record: 15-4
24
171
24
Xavier
Big East
Record: 14-5
22
146
25
Florida
SEC
Record: 14-5
19
47

The latest Coaches Top 25 Poll also has Kentucky clibming to No. 4, while Kansas takes home the top spot.

TOP 25 TEAMS, WEEK 12

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Kansas 18-1 785 18 1 0 1/8
2 Villanova 19-1 773 11 2 0 1/3
3 Gonzaga 19-0 734 3 4 1 4/14
4 Kentucky 17-2 696 0 5 1 1/8
5 Baylor 18-1 666 0 6 1 1/NR
6 North Carolina 18-3 577 0 9 3 3/16
7 UCLA 19-2 552 0 3 -4 2/20
8 Florida St. 18-2 550 0 12 4 10/NR
9 Arizona 18-2 549 0 13 4 9/20
10 Oregon 18-2 513 0 10 0 4/24
11 Butler 17-3 410 0 14 3 13/NR
12 Notre Dame 17-3 407 0 15 3 15/NR
13 Virginia 15-3 405 0 16 3 6/18
14 Louisville 16-4 374 0 11 -3 7/15
15 Wisconsin 16-3 366 0 17 2 10/17
16 Creighton 18-2 358 0 7 -9 7/23
17 Duke 15-4 298 0 18 1 1/18
18 West Virginia 15-4 290 0 8 -10 7/19
19 Cincinnati 17-2 264 0 20 1 20/NR
20 Purdue 16-4 187 0 22 2 15/22
21 St. Mary's 17-2 143 0 23 2 11/23
22 Xavier 14-5 138 0 19 -3 7/19
23 Maryland 17-2 106 0 25 2 21/NR
24 South Carolina 15-4 100 0 24 0 15/NR
25 Florida 14-5 37 0 21 -4 21/NR

The latest CBS Top 25 (and one) has UK checking in at No. 3 with Kansas at No. 2.

1. Villanova

2. Kansas

3. Kentucky

4. Gonzaga

5. Baylor

6. Florida State

7. Arizona

8. UCLA

9. Butler

10. Notre Dame

11. North Carolina

12. Virginia

13. Louisville

14. Duke

15. Oregon

16. Wisconsin

17. Cincinnati

18. West Virginia

19. Purdue

20. Creighton

21. South Carolina

22. St. Mary's

23. Xavier

24. Florida

25. Iowa State

26. Maryland

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