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Villanova Basketball moves down to #3 in the AP Poll after loss at Butler

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Villanova’s first loss of the season bumped them out of the top spot in the polls

NCAA Basketball: Villanova at Butler Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After suffering its first loss of the season to Butler over the weekend, Villanova has lost its spot atop the AP poll after a three week run. The Wildcats didn’t fall far though, as they now rank #3 in the country behind fellow one loss teams Michigan State and Duke. Villanova retained one of its first place votes (shout out to Paul Klee), and is still ranked in the Top 5 by most of the AP voters.

The Big East now has two teams in the Top 5 with #5 Xavier moving up a spot, and three teams in the Top 25 with Seton Hall moving up to #21. Their gain was Creighton’s loss, as the Bluejays fell to the “Others Receiving Votes” category with Butler.

Villanova will start their campaign to return to the #1 spot when they take on Marquette this Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.

2018 AP Poll: Week 9

Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
1 Michigan State (43) 1,600
2 Duke (21) 1,556
3 Villanova (1) 1,444
4 Arizona State 1,336
5 Xavier 1,325
6 West Virginia 1,304
7 Oklahoma 1,160
8 Virginia 1,048
9 Wichita State 1,026
10 Kansas 963
11 Texas A&M 894
12 North Carolina 890
13 Purdue 883
14 Arizona 832
15 Miami (FL) 782
16 TCU 760
17 Kentucky 742
18 Texas Tech 483
19 Gonzaga 410
19 Cincinnati 410
21 Seton Hall 353
22 Arkansas 254
23 Tennessee 198
24 Florida State 119
25 Clemson 104

Others Receiving Votes: Baylor 83, Creighton 54, Notre Dame 37, Butler 23, UCLA 14, Texas 10, St. Bonaventure 7, SMU 5, Syracuse 4, Auburn 4, Rhode Island 2, Nevada 2, Alabama 1, Mississippi State 1, New Mexico State 1, NC State 1

Additional Polling Data

KenPom: Villanova is ranked #1 overall, #2 in offense, and #25 in defense

Sagarin: Villanova is ranked #4 overall behind MSU, Duke, and Kansas

Massey: Villanova is ranked #1 overall, #5 in offense, and #19 in defense

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