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Villanova Basketball moves up to #8 in the AP Poll

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The Top 10 Wildcats will face their first ranked opponent of the season.

NCAA Basketball: Quinnipiac at Villanova Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats moved up one spot in the AP Poll, jumping over a Kentucky team that got blown out by the new #1 Duke Blue Devils.

Villanova will face its first ranked opponent of the season this week when they host the #18 Michigan Wolverines in the Finneran Pavilion. The two faced off in the final game of the 2018 season, where Villanova won their third National Championship in runaway fashion.

Big East brethren Marquette finally got some respect, entering the poll at #24. Also receiving votes were Butler (4), St. John’s (2), and Xavier (2). The Big 5 is has another representative in the receiving votes section too in Penn (1).

In addition to Michigan, Villanova will also face Furman, fresh off their victory over 2018 Final Four member Loyola-Chicago. Furman received a single vote in this week’s poll, which is one more than Georgetown.

2018-19 AP Poll: Week 2

Rank Team (#1 Votes) Points
Rank Team (#1 Votes) Points
1 Duke (48) 1,606
2 Kansas (14) 1,571
3 Gonzaga 1,478
4 Virginia (2) 1,326
5 Tennessee (1) 1,306
6 Nevada 1,277
7 North Carolina 1,260
8 Villanova 1,139
9 Auburn 1,132
10 Kentucky 1,054
11 Michigan State 919
12 Kansas State 892
13 Oregon 739
14 Florida State 731
15 Syracuse 673
16 Virginia Tech 664
17 Mississippi State 549
18 Michigan 486
19 Clemson 350
20 UCLA 340
21 TCU 323
22 LSU 248
23 Purdue 218
24 Marquette 155
25 Buffalo 154

Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia 145, Indiana 131, Nebraska 41, Wisconsin 32, Washington 29, Maryland 28, Notre Dame 24, Miami 16, Ohio St. 14, Alabama 11, Iowa St. 9, Florida 9, Louisville 8, Texas 6, Texas Tech 5, Arizona St 4, Butler 4, Vanderbilt 4, Loyola of Chicago 3, Arizona 2, St. John’s 2, Marshall 2, Xavier 2, Penn 1, Furman 1, Davidson 1, S Illinois 1.

Polling Trends

  • Consecutive Weeks Ranked in AP Poll Top 10: 50 (1st Active, T-17th All Time)
  • Consecutive Weeks Ranked in AP Poll Top 25: 94 (2nd Active, T-17th All Time)
  • Total AP Poll Top 10 Appearances: 212 (13th All Time)
  • Total AP Poll Top 25 Appearances: 371 (18th All Time)

Additional Polling Data

Some would argue these “experts” are more relevant than the AP Poll.

KenPom: Nova is 6th overall, 4th in Adj. Offense, and 21st in Adj. Defense

Sagarin: Nova is 14th overall, 16th in Predictive, 8th in Golden Mean, and 10th in Recent.

Massey: Nova is 1st overall, 1st in Power Rating, 1st in Offense, and 11th in Defense

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