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AP Poll Week 7: Northern Iowa Climbs Back to No. 23, VCU Close

Northern Iowa earned its way back into the AP Poll this week, while VCU climbed into contention to regain its place. Plus a new mid-major grabs some attention for its strong performance to date.

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Kentucky continued its stronghold on the top spot in the AP Poll in Week 7, after total domination of UCLA in Chicago this week. Duke, Arizona and Louisville kept their spots in the top four.

The biggest change at the top came courtesy of Virginia. Beating down Harvard as it did (and its second total beat down of an opponent this season) will tend to move you in the minds of voters. The Cavaliers now hold the No. 5 spot, bumping Wisconsin.

Gonzaga (No. 8) and Wichita State (No. 11) each held their spots in the poll this week. Northern Iowa took advantage of a soft bottom of the poll to creep back in at No. 23.

Other mid-major teams receiving votes this week are Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion and Davidson. Valparaiso also made its first appearance in the "Others" group with a vote this week.

Here is the complete AP Top 25 for Week 7:

AP Top 25 Week 7

Rank Team Record Pts Last Week
1. Kentucky Wildcats (65) 12-0 1625 1
2. Duke Blue Devils 10-0 1548 2
3. Arizona Wildcats 12-0 1502 3
4. Louisville Cardinals 10-0 1344 4
5. Virginia Cavaliers 11-0 1336 6
6. Wisconsin Badgers 10-1 1322 5
7. Villanova Wildcats 11-0 1214 7
8. Gonzaga Bulldogs 12-1 1170 8
9. Texas Longhorns 10-1 1149 9
10. Kansas Jayhawks 9-1 1096 10
11. Wichita State Shockers 8-1 966 11
12. Iowa State Cyclones 9-1 821 13
13. Washington Huskies 10-0 798 16
14. Utah Utes 8-2 796 14
15. Maryland Terrapins 11-1 678 17
16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11-1 536 21
17. St. John's Red Storm 9-2 517 20
18. West Virginia Mountaineers 10-1 464 22
19. Oklahoma Sooners 7-3 436 15
20. North Carolina Tar Heels 9-3 414 24
21. Ohio State Buckeyes 9-2 411 12
22. Baylor Bears 9-1 203 NR
23. Northern Iowa Panthers 10-1 162 NR
24. Colorado State Rams 11-0 144 NR
25. TCU Horned Frogs 11-0 120 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 85, S. Diego St. 72, VCU 70, California 32, Miami 27, Arkansas 22, Indiana 11, Old Dominion 7, LSU 7, Florida 4, Penn State 4, Seton Hall 3, Oklahoma State 3, Butler 2, Minnesota 2, Davidson 1, Valparaiso 1.