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Villanova Basketball jumps back into the AP Poll at #23

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The pollsters just couldn’t stay away.

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The pollsters must have missed the Wildcats, because after just one week out of the Top 25 Villanova has re-entered the AP Poll at #23. That or it’s because Nova won the AdvoCare Invitational, including a victory over then #14 Florida State in the championship game. That win looks like it’ll age well too, as the Seminoles only dropped one spot to #15 in this week’s poll. Furman also remains on the edge of the poll, receiving 72 points in what would be “28th”.

Villanova’s return to the poll also marks the return of the Big East. While the Wildcats are the only Big East team ranked this week, Creighton (65) and St. John’s (19) also appeared in the Others Receiving Votes section.

2018-19 AP Poll: Week 4

Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
1 Gonzaga (32) 1,590
2 Kansas (31) 1,584
3 Duke (1) 1,486
4 Virginia (1) 1,396
5 Nevada 1,329
6 Tennessee 1,284
7 Michigan 1,213
8 Auburn 1,129
9 Michigan State 1,111
10 Kentucky 1,022
11 North Carolina 943
12 Kansas State 936
13 Virginia Tech 921
14 Iowa 599
15 Florida State 581
16 Ohio State 511
17 Texas 486
18 Oregon 439
19 Purdue 387
20 Texas Tech 380
21 Buffalo 351
22 Wisconsin 253
23 Villanova 217
24 Maryland 170
25 Mississippi State 161

Others Receiving Votes: Arizona St 156, Clemson 135, Furman 72, Creighton 65, LSU 41, Indiana 35, UCLA 30, Iowa St. 22, St. John’s 19, Minnesota 17, Miami 10, TCU 8, Syracuse 8, Arkansas 6, Nebraska 6, Notre Dame 4, UConn 4, Florida 3, UCF 3, Houston 1, Davidson 1

Polling Archives

Some interesting Villanova AP Poll facts from College Poll Archive:

  • This is Villanova’s 372nd ranking in the AP Poll (18th most in college basketball)

Additional Polling Data

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

KenPom: Nova is 15th overall, 9th in Adj. Offense, and 30th in Adj. Defense

Sagarin: Nova is 19th overall, 21st in Predictive, 18th in Golden Mean, and 24th in Recent

Massey: Nova is 8th overall, 1st in Power Rating, 5th in Offense, and 13th in Defense

Kendrick: Here are #23 times Anna Kendrick said something better than we could say it.