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AP Poll Week 18: Davidson Jumps In, Northern Iowa Back in Top 10

Davidson took the A-10 title and moved into the Top 25 after wins over VCU and Duquesne. Plus Northern Iowa is back in the top 10.

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The top of the AP Poll remained fairly unchanged this week, with the Kentucky Wildcats again securing the top spot with all of the first place votes.

Duke and Virginia swapped spots at two and three, and Villanova and Arizona round out the top five.

Gonzaga remained at No. 7 this week with a win over San Francisco in the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs take on Pepperdine in the semifinals Monday for a berth in the championship on Tuesday.

Northern Iowa's big comeback against Illinois State in the Missouri Valley Conference finals allowed the Panthers to move back into the top 10 this week. UNI's season is complete and they wait to find out where they will play in the NCAA Tournament.

Wichita State slipped four spots to No. 12 after losing to Illinois State in the Missouri Valley semifinals. It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Shockers will be in the NCAA Tournament, and the only question is what seed they will receive.

Davidson jumped into the AP Poll at No. 24 this week. The Wildcats beat VCU and Duquesne to win the Atlantic 10 conference, after being picked to finish last before the season. Davidson will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament beginning this week.

Other teams in our coverage area receiving votes this week were BYU (18), Stephen F. Austin (2), Valparaiso (1), Dayton (1) and North Florida (1).

Here is the complete AP Top 25 for Week 18:

AP Top 25 Week 18

Rank Team Record Pts Last
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 31-0 1625 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 28-3 1544 3
3 Virginia Cavaliers 28-2 1454 2
4 Villanova Wildcats 29-2 1444 4
5 Arizona Wildcats 28-3 1360 5
6 Wisconsin Badgers 28-3 1344 6
7 Gonzaga Bulldogs 30-2 1229 7
8 Maryland Terrapins 26-5 1103 10
9 Kansas Jayhawks 24-7 1040 9
10 Northern Iowa Panthers 30-0 1037 11
11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 26-5 1026 12
12 Wichita State Shockers 28-4 797 8
13 Iowa State Cyclones 22-8 786 17
14 Louisville Cardinals 24-7 780 16
15 Oklahoma Sooners 21-9 772 15
16 Baylor Bears 23-8 701 14
17 Utah Utes 23-7 587 13
18 West Virginia Mountaineers 23-8 525 20
19 North Carolina Tar Heels 21-10 406 19
20 SMU Mustangs 24-6 339 22
21 Arkansas Razorbacks 24-7 300 18
22 Butler Bulldogs 22-9 287 21
23 Georgetown Hoyas 20-9 223 NR
24 Davidson Wildcats 23-6 99 NR
25 Boise State Broncos 24-7 82 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Oregon 69, Providence 63, Ohio State 40, BYU 18, Michigan State 15, LSU 8, Iowa 7, St. John's 6, San Diego State 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Dayton 1, North Florida 1, Purdue 1, Valparaiso 1.