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Xavier stays put in AP poll, while UC moves up, UK back in and Ohio State in same spot

Providence's Kyron Cartwright (24) drives past Xavier's Paul Scruggs (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big East men's tournament semifinals Friday, March 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) - The Xavier Musketeers stayed in the same spot in this week's Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll that was released on Monday, while the University of Cincinnati moved up and the University of Kentucky moved back into the ranking.

Xavier (28-5) stayed at No. 3 despite losing in the semifinal round of the Big East Conference Tournament to Providence.

UC (30-4) moved up two spots to No. 6 after winning the American Athletic Conference Tournament championship.

UK (24-10) is back in the poll at No. 18 after winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship.

Ohio State (24-8) has not played since losing to Penn State in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament on March 1 and remained No. 17.

Virginia (31-2) is the unanimous No. 1 selection for the second straight week garnering all 65 first-place votes followed by Villanova for a second straight week.

Kansas moved up to No. 4, followed by Michigan State, UC, Gonzaga, Michigan, Duke and North Carolina.

ALIGNED AT THE TOP

The top four teams in the AP poll matched the selection committee's No. 1 seeds. Villanova (30-4) won the Big East Tournament and stayed at No. 2, while Xavier (28-5) was third and Kansas (27-7) jumped five spots to fourth after winning the Big 12 Tournament.

Villanova is the No. 1 seed in the East , Xavier in the West and Kansas in the Midwest .

SNUBBED

St. Mary's (28-5) missed the NCAA Tournament despite checking in at No. 25 in this week's poll, down five spots.

The Gaels suffered an upset loss to BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals March 5, leaving them at No. 40 in the RPI and owning just a 4-3 record against Quadrant 1 and 2 opponents.

Now St. Mary's is a 1-seed in the NIT .

WRAPPING UP

The AP Top 25 ended up with four teams holding the top ranking this season, with Villanova spending a season-high eight weeks in two stints there. Preseason No. 1 Duke held the spot for five weeks, Michigan State made a one-week appearance there and then Virginia spent the last five weeks at No. 1.

Of that group, Duke and Virginia each spent two weeks as the unanimous No. 1.

And among the wildest swings, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M all pushed into the top 5 only to end up unranked. The Sun Devils were No. 3 and the Aggies were No. 5 in the Christmas Day poll, while the Sooners hit No. 4 on Jan. 15.

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