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AP Poll: Villanova climbs to #4. #5 in Coaches.

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Mitchell Leff

It was a slow week for Villanova Basketball but the Wildcats put away their lone opponent, the DePaul Blue Demons with ease by 26. The victory improved the record of previously-sixth-ranked 'Nova to 16-1, including 5-0 in Big East Conference play.

Jay Wright's squad was rewarded by the AP pollsters as the voters improved Villanova's ranking to #4. Historically, 'Nova last reached the Top 4 in the February 15, 2010 poll when they were ranked third.

In the USA Today Coaches Poll, 'Nova is at #5.

Arizona (18-0) and Syracuse (18-0) remain the top two teams in the country.

Monday night's opponent, Creighton Bluejays, has fallen out of the AP Top 25, but remains at the #24 spot in the Coaches Poll.

Breaking down the AP Voters, Travis Recek of Fox40 in Jackson, MS and Cormac Gordon of the Staten Island Advance put Villanova at #7. Scott Wolf of Los Angeles Daily News put the Wildcats at #3 on his ballot.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Arizona Wildcats 18-0 1621
2 Syracuse Orange 18-0 1559
3 Michigan St. Spartans 17-1 1497
4 Villanova Wildcats 16-1 1377
5 Wichita St. Shockers 19-0 1368
6 Florida Gators 15-2 1303
7 San Diego St. Aztecs 16-1 1211
8 Kansas Jayhawks 13-4 1117
9 Wisconsin Badgers 16-2 1074
10 Iowa Hawkeyes 15-3 1041
11 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 15-3 971
12 Louisville Cardinals 16-3 804
13 UMass Minutemen 16-1 781
14 Kentucky Wildcats 13-4 769
15 Cincinnati Bearcats 17-2 736
16 Iowa St. Cyclones 14-3 644
17 Ohio St. Buckeyes 15-3 549
18 Duke Blue Devils 14-4 447
19 Saint Louis Billikens 17-2 421
20 Pittsburgh Panthers 16-2 419
21 Michigan Wolverines 13-4 362
22 Kansas St. Wildcats 14-4 221
23 Memphis Tigers 13-4 201
24 Baylor Bears 13-4 170
25 Oklahoma Sooners 14-4 111


USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Arizona Wildcats 18-0 798
2 Syracuse Orange 18-0 769
3 Michigan State Spartans 17-1 736
4 Wichita State Shockers 19-0 695
5 Villanova Wildcats 16-1 657
6 Florida Gators 15-2 639
7 San Diego State Aztecs 16-1 594
8 Wisconsin Badgers 16-2 506
9 Louisville Cardinals 16-3 493
10 Iowa Hawkeyes 15-3 455
11 Kansas Jayhawks 13-4 454
12 Oklahoma State Cowboys 15-3 444
12 UMass Minutemen 16-1 444
14 Kentucky Wildcats 13-4 371
15 Ohio State Buckeyes 15-3 326
16 Cincinnati Bearcats 17-2 253
17 Iowa St. Cyclones 14-3 246
18 Duke Blue Devils 14-4 245
19 Pittsburgh Panthers 16-2 218
20 Saint Louis Billikens 17-2 176
21 Gonzaga Bulldogs 16-3 140
22 Memphis Tigers 13-4 134
23 Baylor Bears 13-4 129
24 Creighton Bluejays 15-3 99
25 Oklahoma Sooners 14-4 88
25 Michigan Wolverines 13-4 88