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Kentucky Rises and Villanova Falls in This Week's Bleacher Report Top 25

DETROIT - APRIL 04:  Scottie Reynolds #1 of the Villanova Wildcats points while taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the National Semifinal game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Ford Field on April 4, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IDecember 14, 2009

A week after picking up a quality win against North Carolina, Kentucky completed a top 15 double-dip by beating Connecticut in a thriller.

John Wall continues to impress as the freshman point guard showed why the Nets should be able to offer him a contract right now. The final move he put on several Huskie defenders to win the game belongs in professional basketball.

The impressive show that Wall and his fellow Wildcats put on against Connecticut and then Indiana over the weekend was enough to continue to move Big Blue nation forward in the Bleacher Report Top 25. This week, John Calipari's club pushed past Texas and picked up its first first-place vote of the season.

The team Kentucky passed in the standings last week, Villanova, continued to drop, but for obvious reasons this week. 'Nova finally took a loss as Big Five rival Temple took down the Wildcats in the legendary arena, the Palestra. Most voters saw Villanova as anywhere from still a fifth-ranked team to the 11th-ranked team in the nation.

If you're a Bleacher Report member and interested in voting in the Bleacher Report Top 25 poll, email Jameson Fleming at jamesonfleming@gmail.com to receive a ballot.

Ranking, Team (record through Monday), votes (first place votes), ranking last week

1. Kansas (9-0) 424 (16) LW: 1

2. Kentucky (10-0) 397 (1) LW: 3

3. Texas (8-0) 389 LW: 2

4. Syracuse (10-0) 376 LW: 6

5. Purdue (9-0) 362 LW: 5

6. West Virginia (7-0) 344 LW: 7

7. Duke (7-1) 301 LW: 9

8. Tennessee (7-1) 293 LW: 8

9. Villanova (9-1) 286 LW: 4

10. North Carolina (8-2) 270 LW: 10

11. Georgetown (8-0) 264 LW: 15

12. Florida (8-1) 235 LW: 12

13. Michigan State (8-2) 226 LW: 11

14. Connecticut (6-2) 194 LW: 14

15. Ohio State (7-2) 131 LW: 13

16. Gonzaga (8-2) 127 LW: 17

17. Clemson (8-2) 107 LW: 19

18. Texas Tech (9-0) 92 LW: Not Ranked

19. Cincinnati (6-2) 76 LW: 20

20. Kansas State (9-1) 74 LW: Not Ranked

21. Georgia Tech (6-1) 70 LW: 24

22. Washington (6-2) 66 LW: 16

23. Butler (7-3) 60 LW: 22

24. Wisconsin (7-2) 57 LW: 21

25. New Mexico (10-0) 54 LW: Not Ranked

Others Receiving Votes: UNLV 50, Mississippi 50, Illinois 31, Texas A&M 30, Oklahoma State 21, Memphis 15, Dayton 15, Florida State 14, Northwestern 8, Saint Mary's 8, Maryland 7, Missouri State 7, Minnesota 6, Baylor 3, Brigham Young 1, Illinois State 1, Temple 1

Voters: Jameson Fleming, College Football Fanatic, Ari Kramer, Jesse Kramer, Drew Gatewood, Kevin Lindsey, Patrick Goodpaster, Paul Swaney, Brad Frank, Nathan Bitner, Scott Henry, Chris Golighty, Mark Fodor, Dan Lyons, Stephen Clay, Dr. Anthony Huff, and Dan Karell

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