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AP Poll Week 16: Wichita State, Northern Iowa Rise, Set Up Big Saturday Matchup

Northern Iowa and Wichita State sit back-to-back at No. 10 and No. 11 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, setting up a major matchup Saturday in the Missouri Valley Conference.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are the unanimous No. 1 team for the fourth week in a row in the college basketball AP Top 25. Big Blue Nation is now 27-0 with only four regular season games remaining on their schedule.

Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke and Wisconsin remain stacked unchanged behind the Wildcats in the poll.

Gonzaga remains No. 3 after wins over Pacific and St. Mary's this week. The Bulldogs are 16-0 in the West Coast Conference and have clinched the regular season title, as they sit four games ahead of the Gaels. Gonzaga closes their regular season this week, hosting San Diego and BYU.

Northern Iowa cracked the top 10 with wins over Loyola and Bradley this week. The Panthers didn't allow either team to break 40 points in the wins. They finish off their season this week against Evansville and now No. 11 Wichita State.

The Shockers moved to No. 11 overall after wins over Southern Illinois and Evansville. They face Indiana State before the Panthers come to Wichita.

VCU also rose to No. 22 in this week's poll after extending their winning streak to three games by defeating Saint Louis and UMass. The Rams will square off against Richmond and Dayton this week.

Other teams in our coverage area receiving votes this week were Murray State (42), Valparaiso (10), Rhode Island (3) and Stephen F. Austin (2).

Here is the complete AP Top 25 for Week 16:

AP Top 25 Week 16

Rank Team Record Pts Last
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 27-0 1625 1
2 Virginia Cavaliers 25-1 1526 2
3 Gonzaga Bulldogs 28-1 1471 3
4 Duke Blue Devils 24-3 1448 4
5 Wisconsin Badgers 25-2 1390 5
6 Villanova Wildcats 25-2 1306 6
7 Arizona Wildcats 24-3 1228 7
8 Kansas Jayhawks 22-5 1111 8
9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-4 1109 10
10 Northern Iowa Panthers 26-2 1032 11
11 Wichita State Shockers 25-3 930 13
12 Iowa State Cyclones 20-6 887 14
13 Utah Utes 21-5 876 9
14 Maryland Terrapins 22-5 695 16
15 North Carolina Tar Heels 19-8 655 15
16 Oklahoma Sooners 19-8 622 17
17 Louisville Cardinals 21-6 613 12
18 Arkansas Razorbacks 22-5 564 18
19 Baylor Bears 20-7 473 20
20 West Virginia Mountaineers 21-6 453 23
21 SMU Mustangs 22-5 357 21
22 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 21-6 182 25
23 Butler Bulldogs 19-8 165 19
24 San Diego State Aztecs 22-6 117 NR
25 Providence Friars 19-8 72 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 58, Michigan State 56, Murray State 42, Oklahoma State 25, Ohio State 12, Valparaiso 10, Texas A&M 8, Rhode Island 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Texas 1, Oregon 1.