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College Basketball AP Poll Week 15: Dayton Flyers climb higher, up to No. 15

Dayton jumped to No. 15 in the latest AP Poll, with St. Joe's getting closer to national recognition.

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Villanova held on to the top spot in the AP Poll this week, grabbing 44 of the 65 first place votes. The remainder of the top votes went to Kansas, who took a little revenge on Oklahoma for the three overtime loss earlier this season.

The Sooners, Iowa Hawkeyes and North Carolina Tar Heels round out the top five.

The Dayton Flyers moved up to No. 15 in the poll this week. Dayton edged Duquesne earlier in the week, and then followed that with another squeaker over Rhode Island on the weekend. Dayton has a big showdown with St. Joe's upcoming, followed by another tough out in the A-10 with St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

Other teams in our coverage area receiving votes this week were St. Joe's (57), Wichita State (14), Stony Brook (13), Monmouth (10), Hawaii (5), UNCW (4), and Yale (3).

Here is the complete AP Poll for Week 15:

AP Top 25 Week 15

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS PRV
1 Villanova Wildcats (44) 22-3 1,601 1
2 Kansas Jayhawks (21) 21-4 1,578 6
3 Oklahoma Sooners 20-4 1,471 3
4 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-5 1,349 4
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 21-4 1,343 9
6 Maryland Terrapins 22-4 1,248 2
7 Virginia Cavaliers 20-5 1,188 7
8 Xavier Musketeers 22-3 1,174 5
8 Michigan State Spartans 21-5 1,174 8
10 West Virginia Mountaineers 20-5 1,094 10
11 Miami Hurricanes 20-4 1,036 12
12 Arizona Wildcats 21-5 823 17
13 Iowa State Cyclones 18-7 742 14
14 Kentucky Wildcats 19-6 692 22
15 Dayton Flyers 21-3 681 19
16 Oregon Ducks 20-6 529 11
17 Purdue Boilermakers 20-6 497 18
18 Louisville Cardinals 19-6 494 13
19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 18-7 489 NR
20 Duke Blue Devils 19-6 462 NR
21 SMU Mustangs 21-3 441 16
22 Indiana Hoosiers 20-6 232 NR
23 Providence Friars 19-7 125 20
24 Texas Longhorns 16-9 123 24
25 Baylor Bears 18-7 97 21
Also Receiving Votes: Texas A&M 90, Utah 75, Saint Joseph's 57, Wisconsin 47, South Carolina 39, USC 38, Michigan 17, Syracuse 17, Wichita St 14, Stony Brook 13, Monmouth 10, California 8, Hawaii 5, UNC Wilmington 4, San Diego State 3, Yale 3, Cincinnati 2.
Dropped Out: Texas A&M 15, USC 23, Wichita State 25