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Villanova Basketball jumps up to #1 in latest AP Poll

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NCAA Basketball: La Salle at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

For a third consecutive season, the Villanova Wildcats are ranked #1 in the AP Poll. This comes after Nova’s impressive win over Gonzaga and a gutsy win over LaSalle to remain one of only seven undefeated teams in the country.

Villanova jumped over previously third ranked Michigan State to claim the top spot in the country, including 41 of 65 first place votes. #2 MSU pulled in 19 first place votes, while also undefeated #5 Arizona State received the remaining 5.

The other members of the Big East also saw a rise in the polls. Xavier broke into the Top 10 for the first time this season, ranking #10 overall. Seton Hall now ranks #15 in the country as well. Creighton (79 points) comes in as essentially the #26 school in the country. Also worth noting, Georgetown received 0 points this week after losing their only voter from last week’s poll.

Not only is Villanova back at #1, but with Kansas falling to #13, Villanova now holds the longest active streak in the AP Poll’s Top 10 at 35 Weeks. This ranking also ties Villanova with Georgetown for weeks at #1 in the AP Poll in program history (each have 12).

Helping Villanova’s SOS, Gonzaga held at #12 while Tennessee moved up to #20. Villanova will next play against Temple on Wednesday as they now look to hold onto their #1 ranking.

2017-18 AP Poll: Week 6

Rank Team Points PV Rank
Rank Team Points PV Rank
1 Villanova (41) 1,598 4
2 Michigan State (19) 1,561 3
3 Wichita State 1,402 6
4 Duke 1,362 1
5 Arizona State (5) 1,316 16
6 Miami (FL) 1,272 10
7 North Carolina 1,237 11
8 Kentucky 1,227 8
9 Texas A&M 1,072 7
10 Xavier 1,044 13
11 West Virginia 972 18
12 Gonzaga 805 12
13 Kansas 760 2
14 TCU 718 20
15 Seton Hall 704 19
16 Virginia 690 15
17 Purdue 568 21
18 Notre Dame 564 9
19 Florida State 452 -
20 Tennessee 342 24
21 Baylor 281 23
22 Florida 261 5
23 Arizona 252 -
24 Texas Tech 191 -
25 Cincinnati 145 17
Others receiving votes: Creighton 79, Oklahoma 72, Texas 52, Louisville 19, Arkansas 17, Virginia Tech 15, Minnesota 15, Nevada 13, Mississippi State 8, UCLA 6, SMU 6, Loyola-Chicago 5, Alabama 4, Houston 3, Georgia 3, Towson 3, Northern Iowa 3, Syracuse 2, Boise State 2, Rhode Island 1, Middle Tennessee 1

Alternative Polling Data

KenPom: Villanova is ranked #1 overall, #3 for offense, and #7 for defense

Sagarin: Villanova is ranked #1 overall

Massey: Villanova is ranked #1 overall, #17 for offense, and #5 for defense

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