College basketball rankings: Debate for No. 1 includes Michigan State, Villanova

College basketball rankings voters have a big question at the start of their ballots: Who is No. 1?

Villanova was No. 1 in the most recent AP Poll, but the Wildcats lost a stunner to St. John’s. No. 2 Virginia and No. 3 Purdue also lost — the Boilermakers twice.

Here’s how the Top 10 did this week:

  1. Villanova: LOST to St. John’s, BEAT Butler
  2. Virginia: BEAT Florida State, LOST to Virginia Tech
  3. Purdue: LOST to Ohio State, LOST to Michigan State
  4. Michigan State: BEAT Iowa, BEAT Purdue
  5. Xavier: BEAT Butler, BEAT Creighton
  6. Cincinnati: BEAT UCF, at SMU (Sunday)
  7. Texas Tech: BEAT Iowa State, BEAT Kansas State
  8. Auburn: LOST to Texas A&M, BEAT Georgia
  9. Duke: LOST to North Carolina, at Georgia Tech (Sunday)
  10. Kansas: BEAT TCU, LOST to Baylor

Considering Michigan State was already No. 4 and beat No. 3 Purdue, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Spartans move to No. 1. However, Villanova will be tough to beat out, even after the Wildcats’ loss to St. John’s. Villanova has a better record (23-2 to 24-3) and has better wins and a tougher schedule.

It’ll probably be close on Monday, when the new AP Poll is revealed. Michigan State also has an easier schedule this week, as the Spartans play Minnesota and Northwestern; Villanova plays Providence and top-5 Xavier.

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