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Villanova is #1 for the second week- how the pollsters voted

Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

For the second consecutive week, and yes, the second week ever, the Villanova Wildcats are the #1 team in the country and we're going to dig in to how the AP Voters cast their ballots.

This week, 'Nova grabbed 44 of the 65 First Place ballots, with the Kansas Jayhawks collecting the balance. This is an improvement over the 32 votes for the top spot that the 'Cats got last week.

Mapping the Voters

Blue for those voting 'Nova 1st, Purple for those voting Kansas 1st.

The AP Voters (who put 'Nova #1)

Name Outlet City, State
B.J. Rains Idaho Press-Tribune Nampa, ID
Bob Holt Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Little Rock, AR
Bob Sutton The Times News Burlington, NC
Bret Strelow The Fayetteville Observer Fayetteville, NC
Cecil Hurt The Tuscaloosa News Tuscaloosa, AL
Chris Dachille WBAL-TV Baltimore, MD
Chris Murray Reno Gazette-Journal Reno, NV
Christian Caple The News Tribune Tacoma, WA
Cormac Gordon Island Advance Staten Island, NY
Dana O'Neil Bristol, CT
Dave Borges New Haven Register New Haven, CT
Dick Vitale ABC-ESPN Bristol, CT
Doug Haller The Arizona Republic Phoenix, AZ
Elton Alexander The Plain Dealer Cleveland, OH
Fletcher Mackel WDSU-TV New Orleans, LA
J.P. Butler Olean Times Herald Olean, NY
Jay Drew Salt Lake Tribune CitySalt Lake City, UT
Jeff Faraudo Bay Area News Group Walnut Creek, CA
Jerry Carino Gannett Somerville, NJ
Joe Juliano The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, PA
John Feinstein National Public Radio Washington, DC
John McNamara The Capital Gazette Annapolis, MD
John Werner Waco Tribune-Herald Waco, TX
Jon Rothstein CBS Sports New York, NY
Jon Wilner San Jose Mercury San Jose, CA
Kelly Hines Tulsa World Tulsa Tulsa, OK
Kevin Brockway The Gainesville Sun Gainesville, FL
Matt Vautour Daily Hampshire Gazette Northampton, MA
Matt Velazquez Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Milwaukee, WI
Michelle Kaufman Miami Herald Miami, FL
Pat Rooney Daily Camera Boulder, CO
Ray Coleman WAPT-TV Jackson, MS
Richard Croome The Eagle Bryan, TX
Rick Bozich WDRB-TV Louisville, KY
Scott Mansch Great Falls Tribune Great Falls, MT
Scott Wolf Los Angeles Daily Los Angeles, CA
Seth Davis CBS-Sports Illustrated New York, NY
Shannon Ryan Chicago Tribune Chicago, IL
Soren Petro Sports Radio 810 Leawood, KS
Terry Toohey Delaware County Daily Primos, PA
Tod Palmer Kansas City Star Kansas City, MO
Tyson Alger The Oregonian Portland, OR
Zac Boyer The Washington Times Washington, DC
Zach Osterman Indianapolis Star Indianapolis, IN

18 of the remaining votes put Jay Wright's squad at #2, this includes Aaron Brenner of The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) who posted 'Nova at #7 in the Cats' first week at #1.

The remaining three voters put Villanova at #3; Chuck McGill of the Charleston (WV) Daily, Kevin Lyttle Austin (TX) American-Statesman, and Nick Carboni WBIR-TV (Knoxville, TN). All of them had Kansas and Oklahoma ahead of the Wildcats.

This last week showed that voters are swinging to the idea of being OK with Villanova being #1. And that spread across the US doesn't seem to have any correlation to geographic locale.