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NCAA basketball rankings 2016: Villanova stays at No. 1, faces No. 5 Xavier on Wednesday

The Wildcats embarrassed Xavier in their first meeting of the season. Can they do it again this week?

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How unpredictable has this college basketball season been? On last Wednesday alone, three top-five teams lost. The next night, No. 6 Maryland was dropped by Minnesota, which entered the game winless in-conference. The volatility of the season is captured in the latest rankings even as Villanova remains No. 1 for another week.

Oklahoma didn't slide at all even after losing to unranked Texas Tech, though the Sooners' Saturday win over West Virginia might have something to do with that. Iowa, which fell to what was a sub-.500 Penn State team last week, remains in the top 10, as does Maryland, even after a close call against a Michigan team missing star Caris LeVert on Sunday.

Villanova looks like the one sure thing right now, but the Wildcats face arguably their toughest test of the season with a true road game at No. 5 Xavier on Wednesday. It's worth noting that Villanova whooped Xavier 95-64 at home in their first meeting of the year.

Here's a look at this week's polls:

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova Wildcats (45) 24-3 1,604
2 Kansas Jayhawks (20) 23-4 1,580
3 Virginia Cavaliers 21-5 1,393
3 Oklahoma Sooners 21-5 1,393
5 Xavier Musketeers 24-3 1,368
6 Michigan State Spartans 22-5 1,346
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 22-5 1,241
8 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-6 1,144
9 Arizona Wildcats 22-5 1,028
10 Maryland Terrapins 23-5 976
11 Louisville Cardinals 21-6 902
12 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 21-5 851
13 Oregon Ducks 21-6 842
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 20-7 772
15 Duke Blue Devils 20-7 674
16 Kentucky Wildcats 20-7 627
17 Iowa State Cyclones 19-8 616
18 Indiana Hoosiers 22-6 571
19 Baylor Bears 20-7 521
20 Purdue Boilermakers 21-7 357
21 Texas A&M Aggies 20-7 283
22 Utah Utes 21-7 253
23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 18-8 185
24 SMU Mustangs 22-4 154
25 Texas Longhorns 17-10 104
Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 80, Providence 48, California 34, Wichita St 33, Texas Tech 31, Wisconsin 27, Saint Joseph's 20, VCU 19, South Carolina 12, Hawaii 12, Saint Mary's 10, Valparaiso 3, Cincinnati 3, USC 2, San Diego State 2, UAB 1, Connecticut 1, Arkansas-Little Rock 1, Stephen F. Austin 1
Dropped: Dayton 15, Providence 23

USA TODAY Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st
1 Villanova 24-3 792 25
2 Kansas 23-4 751 7
3 Virginia 21-5 679 0
4 Oklahoma 21-5 668 0
5 Xavier 24-3 652 0
6 North Carolina 22-5 639 0
7 Michigan St 22-5 626 0
8 Iowa 20-6 561 0
9 Maryland 23-5 527 0
10 Arizona 22-5 512 0
11 Miami-Florida 21-5 466 0
12 West Virginia 20-7 366 0
13 Oregon 21-6 365 0
14 Kentucky 20-7 333 0
15 Indiana 22-6 317 0
16 Baylor 20-7 305 0
17 Iowa St. 19-8 304 0
18 Duke 20-7 303 0
19 Purdue 21-7 245 0
20 Notre Dame 18-8 176 0
21 Texas A&M 20-7 172 0
22 Dayton 21-5 121 0
23 Utah 21-7 120 0
24 Providence 19-8 102 0
25 Texas 17-10 66 0
Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina 47; Saint Mary's 42; Wichita State 32; Texas Tech 30; Pittsburgh 18; Wisconsin 15; California 11; St. Joseph?s 10; Seton Hall 6; Southern California 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; Hawaii 3; LSU 3; Michigan 1; St. Bonaventure 1; San Diego State 1.
Dropped: South Carolina 23