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'Nova hops over MSU for No. 1 in AP poll

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Villanova's unbeaten start now includes a No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 , while Arizona State is making a rapid rise into the top 10 under third-year coach Bobby Hurley.

After a tumultuous week in which unanimous No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Kansas lost, the Wildcats (10-0) earned 41 of 65 first-place votes to hop over Michigan State and reach the top for the third straight season.

Villanova and Michigan State were the favorites to take over at the top after the Blue Devils' weekend loss at Boston College, though there was far less certainty for voters about who was now the nation's top team. The Spartans (9-1) earned 19 first-place votes to climb from third to second, while the other five first-place votes went to the Sun Devils - who leapt 11 spots to No. 5 after Sunday's win at Kansas .

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova10-0
2 Michigan State9-1
3 Wichita State8-1
4 Duke11-1
5 Arizona State9-0
6 Miami (FL)8-0
7 North Carolina9-1
8 Kentucky8-1
9 Texas A&M8-1
10 Xavier9-1
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke11-1
2 Missouri8-2
3 Arizona State9-0
4 Michigan State9-1
5 Texas A&M8-1
6 Villanova10-0
7 North Carolina9-1
8 Arkansas7-2
9 Tennessee7-1
10 TCU10-0
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