Looking at the outliers, Ron Morris of The Slate in Columbia, SC put the Wildcats at the #4 spot behind Kentucky, Virginia, and Duke. Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette (MA), Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, and Zach Osterman of the Indy Star also tabbed 'Nova at #4.
On the low end, Ben Frederickson of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Christian Caple the Tacoma News Tribune, John Feinstein of NPR, and Paul Zeise of the PIttsburgh Post Gazette all placed the Wildcats at #11.
However, they were not the voters who placed Villanova the lowest. A single member of the media placed Villanova at #12. That voter? Dick Vitale.
The ESPN talking head placed 4 ACC teams (Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, and Louisville) ahead of 'Nova as well as Utah, Wichita State, and Kansas.
Locally, Joe Juliano (The Inquirer) ranked the 'Cats at #6 and Terry Toohey (DelCo Times) put Villanova at #8 .