Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! With Michigan on the horizon, yesterday brought a slew of new polls and rankings for the Wildcats. While those rankings range from the Top 10 out to the teens, they all saw Villanova rise after starting the season 2-0.
Right now the polls have a little more to do with flash than substance. In a few weeks Buffalo will be unranked, a few weeks after that Duke will get knocked out of #1, and by March the entire Top 25 will look much different. But that doesn’t mean being highly ranked has no value.
Villanova has been ranked in the AP Poll’s Top 10 for 50 weeks now, dating back to 2016. To put that into perspective, the second longest active Top 10 streak is Virginia at 14 weeks. Yes, Villanova has been very successful over that span. But so has Gonzaga (7 weeks), Duke (6 weeks), and UNC (3 weeks).
The Wildcats consistent presence in the Top 10 over what’s now a four season span has helped cement them as one of the best teams in the game, and Jay Wright as one of the best coaches. Not only does that help with recruiting for the team, it brings in more fans, increases interest from prospective students, and leads to alumni donations.
But how much longer can this streak last? That’s the question I pose to you today Nova Nation, let’s see what you think.
How long will Nova remain in the AP Poll Top 10
This poll is closed
Ends this week (50 Weeks)
Extends through the non-conference (57 Weeks)
Ends mid-conference play (61 Weeks)
Lasts all season (67 Weeks)
Duke's big win over Kentucky was the headliner of opening week, but the Blue Devils weren't the only team to help their stock in our first power rankings of the season.
Duke tops, Kentucky plummets in Andy Katz's Power 36 college basketball rankings (Nov. 12) | NCAA.com
A dominating win over Kentucky to open the season made it clear the Blue Devils are a title favorite. The win over Army Sunday was closer than anyone projected. But these are still freshmen and they are mortal.
College basketball power rankings | ESPN
Duke grabbed most of the Week 1 headlines, but the Noles made a statement of their own.
The Moving Screen: Previewing Michigan/Villanova | UM Hoops.com
Michigan Podcast that includes preview of Michigan vs Villanova.
NCAA Basketball Best Matchups of the Week | VegasOdds
Happy College Basketball season! Things got underway early last week, and now various teams have played multiple games. This promises to be another exciting season, with an extremely talented freshman class across Division I. Read below as we highlight a few key games happening this week.
College Basketball Predictions | ESPN
Will Villanova and Oregon survive tough tests this week?
Tracking the strange ways college basketball field goal percentage has changed over time | NCAA.com
Let’s take a journey through the history of the sport to look at the trends in shooting throughout the years.