Villanova entered uncharted waters on Monday. The Wildcats' Basketball program has a National Title under its belt, but February 8, 2016 marks the first time in 1120 AP Polls that 'Nova has been ranked #1.
Villanova was ranked #9 in the first ever AP Poll in 1949?
In a tumultuous year, 'Nova becomes the 6th school to hold the #1 ranking; one shy of the record 7 different schools who were ranked at the top during the 1983 season.
Villanova has been in the AP Poll 326 weeks (23rd most for a program). The 'Cats had reached the #2 ranking on five previous occasions- most recently in the penultimate poll of 2015. In total, Villanova has been in the Top 5 fifty-four times (4.8% of the time) since the poll started in 1949. Thirty schools have been in the Top 5 more frequently; including BIG EAST foes Georgetown (86), Marquette (83) and, yes, DePaul (64).
On the achievement, head coach Jay Wright said, "We’re honored and humbled to have been voted No.1 by the writers in the Associated Press poll and the coaches in the USA Today Coaches poll. There’s still a lot of basketball left to be played and handling this will be another challenge for our team. We look forward to it."
In reaching the apex, 'Nova now becomes the 58th school to hold the top spot; eight of which only held on to the #1 spot for a single week (Tennessee most recently in 2008).
Villanova next travels to DePaul on Tuesday and hosts St. John's at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
Weeks at #1 in the AP Poll
Stats with the help of College Poll Archive