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Villanova Basketball Still #4 in AP Poll, #12 Gonzaga Up Next

Villanova will face its first ranked opponent of the season tomorrow night.

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NCAA Basketball: Pennsylvania at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats are ranked as the #4 team in the country for a second consecutive week in the latest AP Poll. This was expected with no one ahead of them losing and Nova facing a relatively weak slate of Big 5 opponents. However, the Cats should see some movement next week after their first ranked opponent of the season, #12 Gonzaga, meets them in New York tomorrow night for the Jimmy V Classic.

Gonzaga has been on a steady climb up the polls this season, despite having one loss under their belt to now #5 Florida. The Bulldogs jumped three spots from last week’s poll after coming from behind in the second half to defeat Creighton at home on Friday.

Speaking of the Big East, the conference still has just three teams in the Top 25. Xavier jumped up to #13 after beating Rival Cincinati, while Seton Hall jumped back into the rankings at #19 after handing Louisville their second loss of the season. Three more schools landed in the “receiving votes” category, including “#29” Creighton, “#39” Providence, and shockingly “#43” Georgetown. Yes the Hoyas and their incredibly weak schedule actually got their local AP Voter Doug Doughty to rank them 23rd overall, ahead of both UCLA and USC. No bias there I’m sure.

2017-18 AP Poll: Week 5

Rank Team (#1 Votes) Points
Rank Team (#1 Votes) Points
1 Duke (65) 1,625
2 Kansas 1,525
3 Michigan State 1,500
4 Villanova 1,434
5 Florida 1,301
6 Wichita State 1,197
7 Texas A&M 1,192
8 Kentucky 1,174
9 Notre Dame 1,156
10 Miami (FL) 1,122
11 North Carolina 999
12 Gonzaga 856
13 Xavier 768
14 Minnesota 758
15 Virginia 728
16 Arizona State 609
17 Cincinnati 583
18 West Virginia 557
19 Seton Hall 405
20 TCU 311
21 Purdue 266
22 Nevada 199
23 Baylor 182
24 Tennessee 96
25 Southern California 90

Alternative Polling Data

KenPom: Villanova ranks #1 Overall, coming in at #2 for offense and #6 for defense.

Sagarin: Villanova ranks #2 Overall, trailing only #1 Kansas

Massey: Villanova ranks #2 Overall, coming in at #23 for offense and #3 for defense.

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