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Michigan State Basketball back in top 4 of latest AP Top 25 Poll

And a top-four showdown is on deck Saturday when Michigan State hosts Purdue.

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

A new AP Top 25 Poll is out, and the Michigan State Spartans are back in the top four.

Thanks to a six-game winning streak, the Spartans are seemingly back in control of their own destiny in terms of earning a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. While the polls are not the final say in how teams are seeded, it’s still a good indicator, but the Spartans still have plenty of work to do to secure a top-two seed.

At the top, Villanova, held on to the No. 1 ranking, followed by Virginia and Purdue. Duke took a dip after their shocking loss to St. John’s, falling to No. 9.

The Spartans will face No. Purdue this Saturday in easily the biggest college hoops game this week. A win here would further boost Michigan State’ chances of a 1 seed, while a win for Purdue would all but lock them into said seed, not to mention the Big Ten regular-season winner.

Here is a look at the updated AP Top 25:

1 Villanova Wildcats

2 Virginia Cavaliers

3 Purdue Boilermakers

4 Michigan State Spartans

5 Xavier Musketeers

6 Cincinnati Bearcats

7 Texas Tech Red Raiders

8 Auburn Tigers

9 Duke Blue Devils

10 Kansas Jayhawks

11 Saint Mary’s Gaels

12 Gonzaga Bulldogs

13 Arizona Wildcats

14 Ohio State Buckeyes

15 Tennessee Volunteers

16 Clemson Tigers

17 Oklahoma Sooners

18 Rhode Island Rams

19 West Virginia Mountaineers

20 Michigan Wolverines

21 North Carolina Tar Heels

22 Wichita State Shockers

23 Nevada Wolfpack

24 Kentucky Wildcats

25 Miami-Florida Hurricanes