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#1 Wildcats Remain Steady Amid College Basketball Chaos

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Despite a whole lot of shuffling beneath them, Villanova has remained king of the hill.

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The Villanova Wildcats retained their #1 ranking in the AP Poll today, tying now #5 Duke for the most weeks atop the college basketball poll this season. The Wildcats received 63 out of 65 first place votes, with #2 Virginia and #3 Purdue each getting one of the remaining two. It’s Villanova’s 16th week at #1 in just three seasons, and that already ties them for 16th all-time in #1 rankings, passing DePaul and UMass.

With #9 Michigan State falling out of the Top 5, Villanova now owns the longest active streaks for weeks at #1 (2), weeks in the Top 5 (10), and weeks in the Top 10 (40). This also marks their 87th week all-time in the AP Poll’s Top 5, one more than their rival and next opponent Georgetown.

The Big East had a down week, dropping to just 3 teams as Creighton fell from the Top 25. Xavier moved down to #11 after their up and down week including a loss at Villanova, while Seton Hall dropped to #19 after their road loss to Marquette. Creighton is now 26th, and is the lone member of the Big East in the “Also Receiving Votes” category.

Villanova will be on the road this week as they play Georgetown on Wednesday, followed by a late non-conference game at UConn on Saturday.

2018 AP Poll: Week 11

Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
1 Villanova (63) 1,623
2 Virginia (1) 1,527
3 Purdue (1) 1,411
4 Oklahoma 1,371
5 Duke 1,319
6 West Virginia 1,304
7 Wichita State 1,283
8 Texas Tech 1,276
9 Michigan State 1,062
10 Kansas 1,032
11 Xavier 928
12 Cincinnati 858
13 Gonzaga 829
14 Arizona 723
15 North Carolina 666
16 Arizona State 639
17 Auburn 523
18 Kentucky 487
19 Seton Hall 455
20 Clemson 444
21 Tennessee 358
22 Ohio State 276
23 Michigan 223
24 TCU 196
25 Miami (FL) 143

Others Receiving Votes: Creighton (56), Rhode Island (39), Florida State (25), Nevada (23), Saint Mary’s (19), New Mexico State (4), Louisville (2), Florida (1).

Alternative Polling Data

Kenpom: Villanova is ranked #1 overall, #2 in Adj. Offense, #28 in Adj. Defense

Sagarin: Villanova is ranked #2 overall behind #1 Purdue, and ahead of #3 Virginia

Massey: Villanova is ranked #1 overall, #3 in Offense, #25 in Defense

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