Villanova head coach Jay Wright reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Furman, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. Furman won 76-68 in overtime. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Duke steady at No. 1 as Villanova tumbles from Top 25

November 19, 2018 - 11:18 am
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Two of college basketball's bluebloods remain firmly entrenched atop the AP Top 25 after a week of easy wins. Two more tumbled all the way out after a week filled with defeats.

One of them happens to be the reigning national champion.

While top-ranked Duke and No. 2 Kansas did little to hurt their status as early national title contenders, Villanova and Syracuse slid all the way out of the Top 25 on Monday.

The Wildcats lost a rematch of last year's championship game with Michigan, then lost in overtime to Furman on Saturday to give coach Jay Wright's team back-to-back losses for the first time in five years.

The Wildcats had risen to No. 8 last week. They were among those receiving votes this week.

The top five remained unchanged with Duke remained the clear No. 1, receiving 53 of 63 first-place votes after blowing out Eastern Michigan.

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