By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Villanova maintained its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25, while another bunch of Wildcats found themselves sliding out of the rankings for the first time in nearly four years.
Kentucky slid out of Monday’s latest poll from No. 18 after losses to South Carolina and Florida, snapping a 30-game home winning streak for the Wildcats in Southeastern Conference play. That dropped coach John Calipari’s Wildcats out for the first time since March 2014 and snapped a 68-week stretch in the poll.
6. Michigan State
7. West Virginia
10. North Carolina
13. Ohio State
14. Texas Tech
16. Saint Mary’s
17. Wichita State
21. Arizona State
24. Rhode Island
The top three of Villanova, Virginia and Purdue remained the same, with Villanova staying at No. 1 for the third straight week. Duke inched up a spot to No. 4, while Kansas jumped five spots to No. 5 after winning at West Virginia.
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