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RCT Top 25 Poll: Kansas, Villanova tied

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Jayhawks use two big wins last week to jump up into the top spot.

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The Shockers manage to hang on to a spot in this week’s poll.
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This week’s poll doesn’t have any huge surprises in it, so instead of some long-winded explanation, here is the results:

RCT Top 25 - Week 8

Rank Team Points LW Change
Rank Team Points LW Change
1 Kansas(2) 161 2 1
1 Villanova(2) 161 1 0
3 Oregon 144 5 2
4 Gonzaga(3) 139 3 -1
5 Baylor 131 4 -1
6 Louisville 130 8 2
6 West Virginia 130 6 0
8 UCLA 126 9 1
9 Arizona 124 7 -2
10 Kentucky 111 14 4
11 North Carolina 109 12 1
12 Florida 97 13 1
13 Wisconsin 85 10 -3
14 Duke 82 18 4
15 Purdue 75 16 1
16 Cincinnati 54 17 1
17 Florida State 46 15 -2
17 Virginia 46 11 -6
19 Notre Dame 44 23 4
20 SMU 40 19 -1
21 Iowa State 32 24 3
22 Saint Mary's 31 20 -2
23 Oklahoma State 28 22 -1
24 Butler 22 NR 2
25 Wichita State 21 25 0
Others Receiving Votes: Creighton 14, Texas Tech 13, Kansas State 12, Oklahoma 11, TCU 10, Maryland 9, Texas 9, Connecticut 8, Northwestern 8, Ohio State 4, Miami 2, VCU 2, Dayton 1, Monmouth 1, South Carolina 1, USC 1

Butler joins the poll this week, replacing South Carolina. The only notable jump is that Virginia fell 6 spots, but Kentucky, Duke and Notre Dame all jumped up 4 spots.

We lost a voter for good this week, with illmitch unable to continue. But as usual, fizzle is still keeping up his crazy ballots, and the full slate is below:

Ballots - Week 8

Rank Andy mikeville David jakebogen95 FLJhawk dnoll5 fizzle406
Rank Andy mikeville David jakebogen95 FLJhawk dnoll5 fizzle406
1 Gonzaga Villanova Villanova Gonzaga Kansas Gonzaga Kansas
2 Villanova Gonzaga Gonzaga Villanova Villanova Kansas Baylor
3 Kansas Kansas North Carolina Kansas Arizona Villanova West Virginia
4 Arizona Baylor Louisville Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon
5 Oregon Oregon West Virginia UCLA West Virginia Arizona UCLA
6 West Virginia Arizona Kentucky Arizona UCLA UCLA Louisville
7 Louisville Louisville Baylor Baylor North Carolina North Carolina Kentucky
8 North Carolina Duke Kansas West Virginia Louisville Kentucky Arizona
9 UCLA UCLA Virginia Florida Baylor Baylor Wisconsin
10 Florida North Carolina Florida Louisville Gonzaga Louisville Villanova
11 Wisconsin West Virginia Duke Kentucky Florida Florida Iowa State
12 Duke Kentucky Oregon Purdue Duke Virginia Oklahoma State
13 Baylor Purdue Purdue SMU Kentucky Wisconsin Texas Tech
14 Kentucky Florida Wisconsin Duke Purdue West Virginia Kansas State
15 Saint Mary's Notre Dame Wichita State Cincinnati SMU Purdue Oklahoma
16 SMU Wisconsin UCLA Wisconsin Cincinnati Cincinnati TCU
17 Purdue Cincinnati Florida State North Carolina Florida State Duke Texas
18 Cincinnati Florida State Creighton Saint Mary's Wisconsin Notre Dame Connecticut
19 Wichita State Virginia Notre Dame Notre Dame Butler Florida State Florida State
20 Notre Dame Butler Cincinnati Oklahoma State Saint Mary's Maryland Florida
21 Virginia Saint Mary's Iowa State Northwestern Notre Dame Butler North Carolina
22 Oklahoma State SMU Butler Florida State Iowa State Creighton Ohio State
23 Iowa State Maryland Oklahoma State Iowa State Virginia Wichita State Purdue
24 Florida State Creighton SMU Miami VCU Iowa State Northwestern
25 Northwestern USC Saint Mary's Monmouth Oklahoma State South Carolina Dayton