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Villanova Basketball ranked #9 in AP Preseason Poll

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Once again, the Wildcats are in the AP preseason top 10.

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The Associated Press announced its top 25 preseason rankings for the 2018-19 season just after 12-noon on Monday.

Writers from the AP have tabbed the Villanova Wildcats at #9 in their poll. The Wildcats, who received a single first-place vote, have now been ranked in the preseason top 10 in three consecutive seasons. This also marks the fifth-straight time Villanova starts the season ranked in the top 25.

Kansas takes home the top spot in the first poll of the year collecting 37 of 65 votes, followed by Kentucky, Gonzaga, Duke, and Virginia in the Top 5.

Tennessee, Nevada, and North Carolina are also ahead of ‘Nova. Michigan State rounds out the Top 10.

No other BIG EAST team is in the Top 25, but Marquette, Butler, St. John’s, Providence, and Xavier are receiving votes.

2018-19 AP Preseason Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kansas (37) 0-0 1,581
2 Kentucky (19) 0-0 1,529
3 Gonzaga (1) 0-0 1,461
4 Duke (4) 0-0 1,452
5 Virginia (2) 0-0 1,286
6 Tennessee (1) 0-0 1,268
7 Nevada 0-0 1,230
8 North Carolina 0-0 1,221
9 Villanova (1) 0-0 1,085
10 Michigan St 0-0 1,024
11 Auburn 0-0 974
12 Kansas St 0-0 922
13 West Virginia 0-0 678
14 Oregon 0-0 638
15 Virginia Tech 0-0 630
16 Syracuse 0-0 620
17 Florida St 0-0 530
18 Mississippi St 0-0 451
19 Michigan 0-0 437
20 TCU 0-0 311
21 UCLA 0-0 297
22 Clemson 0-0 268
23 LSU 0-0 187
24 Purdue 0-0 170
25 Washington 0-0 165
Others receiving votes: Loyola (Chi) 162, Marquette 124, Indiana 98, Florida 71, Nebraska 35, Maryland 28, Wisconsin 24, Notre Dame 22, Cincinnati 21, Alabama 15, UCF 15, Buffalo 14, Arizona 14, Louisville 11, Miami 10, San Diego St 9, USC 6, Butler 6, Texas Tech 6, Texas 5, Arizona St 3, St. John’s 3, Providence 2, Xavier 2, Missouri 1, NC State 1, Marshall 1, Davidson 1