College basketball rankings: Villanova remains #8 in AP poll, #11 in Coaches

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

But hey, we're no longer tied with Duke!

Following Saturday's 88-67 victory over Rider, Jay Wright's Villanova basketball squad remains #8 in the country in the newest poll released by the AP sportswriters on Monday.

After sharing the eighth spot with Duke last week, the Wildcats and their 11-0 record took sole possession of the position in this week's edition. Arizona (12-0) received 63 of 65 First-Place votes from the panel. Villanova's next opponent, Syracuse, received the other two.

'Nova remains the lone member of the Big East conference ranked this week.

On to the voters. Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News remains our bestie, again ranking the 'Cats 3rd in the country. A slew of voters put the Wildcats 4th - Joe Rexrode (Detroit Free Press), Jon Wilner (San Jose Mercury News), Kevin Lyttle (Austin American-Statesman), Mark Berman (The Roanoke Times) and Matt Vautour (Daily Hampshire Gazette).

Kevin Gorman of the Tribune-Review is the least impressed voter, ranking the Wildcats 16th, but at least he has the common sense to rank Villanova above Kansas. The same can't be said for Randy Rosetta of The Times-Picayune, who despite moving Villanova up to 15th (from 22nd), still has them 4 spots behind the 3-loss Kansas team they beat on a neutral court.

The full rankings are below.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Points Previous
1 Arizona Wildcats (63) 1,623 1
2 Syracuse Orange (2) 1,528 2
3 Ohio St. Buckeyes 1,462 3
4 Wisconsin Badgers 1,390 4
5 Michigan St. Spartans 1,336 5
6 Louisville Cardinals 1,274 6
7 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 1,221 7
8 Villanova Wildcats 1,116 8
9 Duke Blue Devils 1,108 8
10 Wichita St. Shockers 981 11
11 Baylor Bears 970 12
12 Oregon Ducks 914 13
13 Florida Gators 881 16
14 Iowa St. Cyclones 804 17
15 Connecticut Huskies 661 10
16 Kansas Jayhawks 659 18
17 Memphis Tigers 630 15
18 Kentucky Wildcats 414 19
19 North Carolina Tar Heels 413 14
20 San Diego St. Aztecs 378 24
21 Colorado Buffaloes 345 20
22 Iowa Hawkeyes 278 25
23 UMass Minutemen 154 22
24 Gonzaga Bulldogs 79 21
25 Missouri Tigers 69 23

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 65, Illinois 53, Texas 47, George Washington 43, Toledo 27, Florida State 23, Michigan 15, UCLA 14, Harvard 14, Saint Mary's 8, Pittsburgh 6, Creighton 5, LSU 1, Southern Methodist 1

Dropped from rankings: None

The USA TODAY Coaches poll

Rank School
1 Arizona
2 Syracuse
3 Ohio State
4 Louisville
5 Michigan State
6 Wisconsin
7 Oklahoma State
8 Wichita State
9 Duke
10 Oregon
11 Villanova
12 Baylor
13 Iowa St.
14 Florida
15 Connecticut
16 Kansas
17 Memphis
18 Kentucky
19 North Carolina
20 San Diego State
21 Gonzaga
22 UMass
23 Iowa
24 Colorado
25 Missouri

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