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Villanova is #1 for the third week- how the AP Pollsters voted

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For the third consecutive week, and yes, the third week ever, the Villanova Wildcats are the #1 team in the country. Now, we're going to dig in to how the AP Voters cast their ballots for the Week 16 Poll..

This week, 'Nova grabbed 45 of the 65 First Place ballots, with the Kansas Jayhawks collecting the balance. This is an improvement over the 44 votes they collected last week, and 32 votes for the top spot that the 'Cats got on February 8th.

However, it wasn't just one voter who bumped up the 'Cats to #1 on their ballots; John Werner of the Waco (TX) Tribune-Herald who gave a first place vote to 'Nova last week, dropped them to #2 this week. In his stead, Doug Doughty of The Roanoke (VA) Times and Tom Green of the Opelika-Auburn (AL) News moved Villanova from #2 to #1.

Kevin Lyttle, representing the Austin (TX) American-Statesman was the sole voter to ranked the Wildcats below #2 (as a quick note, this is not the same Kevin Lyttle who had the worldwide hit "Turn Me On" in 2004). According to College Poll Tracker, Lyttle's ballot had eleven "Extreme Picks", which is defined as a pick that "is 5+ spots from the actual ranking."

How the AP Pollsters Voted

Name Outlet City 2/22 Poll
B.J. Rains Idaho Press-Tribune Nampa, ID 1
Bob Holt Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Little Rock, AR 1
Bob Sutton The Times News Burlington, NC 1
Bret Strelow The Fayetteville Observer Fayetteville, NC 1
Cecil Hurt The Tuscaloosa News Tuscaloosa, AL 1
Chris Dachille WBAL-TV Baltimore, MD 1
Chris Murray Reno Gazette-Journal Reno, NV 1
Christian Caple The News Tribune Tacoma, WA 1
Cormac Gordon Island Advance Staten Island, NY 1
Dana O'Neil ESPN.com Bristol, CT 1
Dave Borges New Haven Register New Haven, CT 1
Dick Vitale ABC-ESPN Bristol, CT 1
Doug Haller The Arizona Republic Phoenix, AZ 1
Elton Alexander The Plain Dealer Cleveland, OH 1
Fletcher Mackel WDSU-TV New Orleans, LA 1
J.P. Butler Olean Times Herald Olean, NY 1
Jay Drew Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake City, UT 1
Jeff Faraudo Bay Area News Group Walnut Creek, CA 1
Jerry Carino Gannett Somerville, NJ 1
Joe Juliano The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, PA 1
John Feinstein National Public Radio Washington, DC 1
John McNamara The Capital Gazette Annapolis, MD 1
Jon Rothstein CBS Sports New York, NY 1
Jon Wilner San Jose Mercury San Jose, CA 1
Kelly Hines Tulsa World Tulsa Tulsa, OK 1
Kevin Brockway The Gainesville Sun Gainesville, FL 1
Matt Vautour Daily Hampshire Gazette Northampton, MA 1
Matt Velazquez Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Milwaukee, WI 1
Michelle Kaufman Miami Herald Miami, FL 1
Pat Rooney Daily Camera Boulder, CO 1
Ray Coleman WAPT-TV Jackson, MS 1
Richard Croome The Eagle Bryan, TX 1
Rick Bozich WDRB-TV Louisville, KY 1
Scott Mansch Great Falls Tribune Great Falls, MT 1
Scott Wolf Los Angeles Daily Los Angeles, CA 1
Seth Davis CBS-Sports Illustrated New York, NY 1
Shannon Ryan Chicago Tribune Chicago, IL 1
Soren Petro Sports Radio 810 Leawood, KS 1
Terry Toohey Delaware County Daily Primos, PA 1
Tod Palmer Kansas City Star Kansas City, MO 1
Tyson Alger The Oregonian Portland, OR 1
Zac Boyer The Washington Times Washington, DC 1
Zach Osterman Indianapolis Star Indianapolis, IN 1
Doug Doughty The Roanoke Times Roanoke, VA 1
Tom Green Opelika-Auburn News Opelika, AL 1
John Werner Waco Tribune-Herald Waco, TX 2
Aaron Brenner The Post and Courier Charleston, SC 2
Adam Sparks Daily News Journal Murfreesboro, TN 2
Chris Goff The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne, IN 2
Geoff Grammer Albuquerque Jounal Albuquerque, NM 2
Graham Couch Lansing State Journal Lansing, MI 2
Jason Butt The Telegraph Macon, GA 2
John Bohnenkamp The Hawk Eye Burlington, IA 2
Kevin McNamara The Providence Journal Providence, RI 2
Laura Keeley The News & Observer Raleigh, NC 2
Marcus Fuller St. Paul Pioneer Press St. Paul, MN 2
Mark Berman The Roanoke Times Roanoke, VA 2
Matt McCoy 610 WTVN-AM Columbus, OH 2
Mike Barber Richmond Times-Dispatch Richmond, VA 2
Randy Rosetta The Times-Picayune New Orleans, LA 2
Ryan Recker WTAE-TV Pittsburgh, PA 2
Scott Richey The News-Gazette Champaign, IL 2
Chuck McGill Charleston Daily Charleston, WV 2
Nick Carboni WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN 2
Kevin Lyttle Austin-American Statesman Austin, TX 3