- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2018

Virginia remained the No. 1 team in men’s college basketball in the new Associated Press poll, the Cavaliers’ third straight week at No. 1.

After Virginia and Michigan State, Xavier leapfrogged Big East rival Villanova to take No. 3 following Villanova’s fourth conference loss of the year Saturday. Duke rounded out the top five.

Kansas improved from No. 8 to No. 6 after defeating previous No. 6 Texas Tech over the weekend. Gonzaga, Purdue, North Carolina and Cincinnati took spots seven through 10; Texas Tech fell to No. 12.

Kentucky reappeared in the Top 25 after being unranked the past two weeks. The Wildcats have been on the cusp of the poll since January and have now fallen out and returned twice in 2018. The team responded to a four-game losing streak this month by winning its next three.

Florida State was the only team to fall out of the Top 25. Mid-major Middle Tennessee State, which made its debut last week, remained No. 24.

• Adam Zielonka can be reached at azielonka@washingtontimes.com.

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