For the third consecutive week Villanova finds itself holding strong at the #2 ranking behind Gonzaga in the AP poll. The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 4 all season, and still hold five of the sixty five first place votes. Kansas, who picked up a first place vote after defeating Baylor this week, comes in at number three.
Arizona and UCLA round out the Top 5, despite the fact that #6 Oregon has defeated them both. The ACC holds three of the last four spots with #7 Louisville, #8 UNC, and #10 Duke. Baylor sits at #9 after being swept at home by Kansas on Saturday.
Villanova is joined in the Top 25 by Big East members #22 Butler and #23 Creighton. The Wildcats will host both of these ranked conference foes on Wednesday and Saturday respectively. Saturday’s game against Creighton will be the senior class’s final career game at the Pavilion, and the last home game of the season.
In the USA Today Coaches Poll, Villanova also remains ranked #2 and holds 3 of the 32 first place votes behind Gonzaga. The only other differences are a switching of Louisville and Oregon, and Kentucky replaces Duke at #10.
2017 AP Poll: Week 16