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AP Top 25 Poll: Villanova rises to #3

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On the heels of finishing the 2013-14 Regular Season with victories over Xavier in Cincinnati and punishing rival Georgetown at the Wells Fargo Center, pollsters are beginning to reward Villanova and their 28-3 overall record that includes going 16-2 in the Big East Conference.

In the newest AP Poll released on Monday, the Wildcats were posted at the #3 spot. Florida remains at the #1 spot.

The Big East is also represented by Creighton at #14.

The last time Villanova was ranked in the Top 3 was in the middle of February during the 2009-10 season.

AP Top 25 Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Prev
1 Florida Gators (50) 29-2 1610 1
2 Wichita St. Shockers (15) 34-0 1574 2
3 Villanova Wildcats 28-3 1454 6
4 Arizona Wildcats 28-3 1435 3
5 Louisville Cardinals 26-5 1237 11
6 Virginia Cavaliers 25-6 1186 5
7 Duke Blue Devils 24-7 1185 4
8 Michigan Wolverines 23-7 1143 12
8 San Diego St. Aztecs 27-3 1143 10
10 Kansas Jayhawks 23-8 1087 8
11 Syracuse Orange 27-4 1055 7
12 Wisconsin Badgers 25-6 973 9
13 Cincinnati Bearcats 26-5 922 15
14 Creighton Bluejays 24-6 752 13
15 North Carolina Tar Heels 23-8 709 14
16 Iowa St. Cyclones 23-7 572 16
17 Oklahoma Sooners 23-8 472 23
18 Saint Louis Billikens 26-5 433 17
19 Memphis Tigers 23-8 367 20
20 New Mexico Lobos 24-6 344 21
21 Connecticut Huskies 24-7 330 19
22 Michigan St. Spartans 23-8 318 22
23 Va. Commonwealth Rams 24-7 205 27
24 Ohio St. Buckeyes 23-8 165 33
25 SMU Mustangs 23-8 152 18

Others Receiving Votes: Gonzaga 82, Stephen F. Austin 56, Oregon 39, Texas 31, Harvard 27, Kentucky 19, Baylor 18, UCLA 14, Nebraska 8, Iowa 4, Tennessee 2, George Washington 1, North Carolina Central 1

Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS Prev
1 Florida Gators (25) 29-2 793 1
2 Wichita State Shockers (7) 34-0 775 2
3 Villanova Wildcats 28-3 721 6
4 Arizona Wildcats 28-3 678 3
5 Louisville Cardinals 26-5 654 9
6 Duke Blue Devils 24-7 591 4
7 San Diego State Aztecs 27-3 584 10
8 Virginia Cavaliers 25-6 581 5
9 Michigan Wolverines 23-7 536 12
10 Kansas Jayhawks 23-8 509 8
11 Syracuse Orange 27-4 497 7
12 Cincinnati Bearcats 26-5 447 15
13 Wisconsin Badgers 25-6 440 11
14 Creighton Bluejays 24-6 384 13
15 North Carolina Tar Heels 23-8 350 14
16 Iowa St. Cyclones 23-7 269 17
17 Saint Louis Billikens 26-5 252 16
18 Oklahoma Sooners 23-8 221 23
19 Memphis Tigers 23-8 195 20
20 New Mexico Lobos 24-6 177 21
21 Connecticut Huskies 24-7 152 19
22 Michigan State Spartans 23-8 129 22
23 Southern Methodist Univ. Mustangs 23-8 94 18
24 Ohio State Buckeyes 23-8 84 NR
25 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 24-7 71 NR

Villanova 2013-14 Poll Performance

Poll Pre 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Final
AP 33 33 33 37 14 10 8 8 11 8 6 4 9 6 6 9 8 6 3 x
Coaches 38 38 43 42 19 14 12 11 14 10 6 5 9 6 6 11 9 6 3 x