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Xavier drops out of the top five but remains in the top 10

The field approaches the wire as tightly bunched as they've been in recent memory. Xavier slipped a bit, but remained a top 10 team in both polls.

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Xavier got clobbered down the polls a bit.
Xavier got clobbered down the polls a bit.
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Villanova remained at the head of the polls this week as Xavier (8/7) dropped into the lower reaches of the top 10. Frankly, that seems a fair destination for a team that played one really good game and one really bad game this week. Providence at 23/20 rounds out the Big East's representation in the polls. After the top three teams in both polls, things are pretty wide open. The parity of college basketball has been a recurring theme this year and looking at the polls shows why. There is no juggernaut that is the odds on favorite to win the tournament. Is there even a team in the top 10 that can be ruled out?

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova Wildcats (44) 22-3 1601
2 Kansas Jayhawks (21) 21-4 1578
3 Oklahoma Sooners 20-4 1471
4 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-5 1349
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 21-4 1343
6 Maryland Terrapins 22-4 1248
7 Virginia Cavaliers 20-5 1188
8 Xavier Musketeers 22-3 1174
8
Michigan State Spartans 21-5 1174
10 West Virginia Mountaineers
20-5 1094
11 Miami-Florida Hurricanes
20-4 1036
12 Arizona Wildcats
21-5 823
13 Iowa State Cyclones
18-7 742
14 Kentucky Wildcats
19-6 692
15 Dayton Flyers
21-3 681
16 Oregon Ducks
20-6 529
17 Purdue Boilermakers
20-6 497
18 Louisville Cardinals
19-6 494
19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
18-7 489
20 Duke Blue Devils
19-6 462
21 SMU Mustangs
21-3 441
22 Indiana Hoosiers
20-6 232
23 Providence Friars
19-7 125
24 Texas Longhorns
16-9 123
25 Baylor Bears
18-7 97

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USA Today Coaches PoIl

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova (25) 22-3 785
2 Kansas (7) 21-4 764
3 Oklahoma 20-4 680
4 North Carolina 21-4 674
5 Maryland 22-4 636
6 Iowa 20-5 624
7 Xavier 22-3 615
8 Virginia 20-5 489
9 Michigan State 21-5 560
10 Miami 20-4 558
11 West Virginia 20-5 488
12 Arizona 21-5 425
13 Dayton 21-3 382
14 Kentucky 19-6 346
15 Iowa State 18-7 319
16 Purdue 20-6 298
17 Oregon 20-6 259
18 Notre Dame 18-7 203
19 Duke 19-6 183
20 Providence 19-7 161
21 Indiana 20-6 154
22 Baylor 18-7 109
23 South Carolina 21-4 108
24 Texas A&M 18-7 106
25 Texas 16-9 73

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What do you say to a ballot that has both SDSU and Hawaii ranked? Fletcher Mackel pulled off that improbable feat today, possibly not by using darts. Hawaii is 20-3, with three of their losses coming to three of the only four top 100 KenPom teams they've played. Their lone decent win is over #98 Northern Iowa and it came last calendar year. The Rainbow Warriors also have not one but two wins over non-D1 opponents. Somehow, they have an even better argument than SDSU who this very week lost to a very bad Fresno State squad and is a glittering 3-5 against the RPI top 100. Amazingly, Fletcher rates those teams as better than, say, Providence or Notre Dame. Well Fletcher, we rate you as a...

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