College Basketball Power Rankings: The top three remain the same, but in a new order

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For my money, Villanova is still the best team in the country.

But it’s getting harder and harder to ignore the fact that Virginia is right there with them.

Last week, I wrote a long feature on Purdue and their new star Carsen Edwards, how he has gone about replacing Caleb Swanigan as the best player on that roster. When I wrote that, I was all-in on Purdue being the second-best team in the country.

Then Virginia went out and beat Duke at Duke and … well … what else is there to say?

Virginia has one loss on the season, which came at West Virginia. Purdue lost to Western Kentucky. Virginia has won on the road against the No. 6 team in the country. Purdue’s best win is at Michigan.

Those three teams aren’t sexy.

But you don’t have to be flashy to win at this level.

Here is the rest of the top 25.

1. Villanova, 20-1 (Last Week: No. 1)
2. Virginia, 20-1 (3)
3. Purdue, 21-2 (2)
4. Kansas, 17-4 (4)
5. Michigan State, 20-3 (5)
6. Duke, 18-3 (6)
7. Arizona, 18-4 (8)
8. Xavier, 19-3 (9)
9. Auburn, 19-2 (15)
10. Cincinnati, 19-2 (13)
11. West Virginia, 16-5 (7)
12. Texas Tech, 17-4 (12)
13. Tennessee, 15-5 (16)
14. Oklahoma, 15-5 (10)
15. Wichita State, 17-4 (17)
16. Saint Mary’s, 21-2 (19)
17. Gonzaga, 19-4 (20)
17a. North Carolina, 16-6 (Where I would have had them if I didn’t forget to put them in)
18. Ohio State, 18-5 (14)
19. Clemson, 17-4 (18)
20. Rhode Island, 17-3 (23)
21. Nevada, 18-4 (21)
22. Kentucky, 16-5 (NR)
23. Florida State, 16-5 (NR)
24. Florida, 15-6 (22)
25. Creighton, 17-5 (NR)

DROPPED OUT: No. 24 Arizona State, No. 25 TCU

NEW ADDITIONS: No. 22 Kentucky, No. 23 Florida State, No. 25 Creighton