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Villanova Basketball continues climb up to #17 in latest AP Poll

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Villanova is halfway back to their original ranking.

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

Ever since their one week absence from the AP Poll, Villanova has been steadily climbing back up the ranks of the countries best teams. After Big 5 wins at home over Temple and St. Joe’s, the Wildcats now stand at #17 in Week 6 of the poll.

It’s going to be a big week for the Wildcats, both close to home and away. First they’ll take on Penn at the Palestra with a chance at winning their 6th consecutive outright Big 5 Title. Then, they’ll head out to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the newly ranked #1 Kansas Jayhawks in a rematch of last year’s historic Final Four game.

Villanova is joined in the Top 25 by fellow Big East contender Marquette, fresh off their win over previously #12 Wisconsin. Other Big East teams receiving votes include St. John’s (57), Butler (2), and Seton Hall (1).

2018-19 AP Poll: Week 6

Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
1 Kansas (57) 1,583
2 Duke (4) 1,454
3 Tennessee (1) 1,421
4 Gonzaga (1) 1,412
5 Michigan (1) 1,398
6 Virginia (1) 1,384
7 Nevada 1,283
8 Auburn 1,151
9 Michigan State 1,066
10 Florida State 991
11 Texas Tech 914
12 North Carolina 890
13 Virginia Tech 833
14 Buffalo 664
15 Ohio State 621
16 Wisconsin 599
17 Villanova 532
18 Mississippi State 441
19 Kentucky 385
20 Arizona State 351
21 Marquette 281
22 Iowa 208
23 Furman 189
24 Houston 173
25 Syracuse 118
25 Indiana 118
25 Kansas State 118

Others Receiving Votes: Nebraska 115, Maryland 105, Oklahoma 82, Cincinnati 73, St. John’s 57, Purdue 40, NC State 26, Iowa St. 19, TCU 13, San Francisco 5, UCLA 3, Minnesota 2, Butler 2, Davidson 1, Florida 1, NJIT 1, Seton Hall 1, Texas 1

Polling Archives

Some interesting Villanova AP Poll facts from College Poll Archive:

  • It’s Villanova’s 374th ranking in the AP Poll (18th All-Time)
  • It’s Villanova’s 3rd consecutive ranking in the AP Poll (Tied for 19th longest active streak)

Additional Polling Data

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

KenPom: Nova is 16th overall, 13th in Adj. Offense, and 40th in Adj. Defense

Sagarin: Nova is 23rd overall, 23rd in Predictive, 15th in Golden Mean, and 20th in Recent

Massey: Nova is 11th overall, 6th in Power Rating, 15th in Offense, and 15th in Defense

Kendrick: Anna Kendrick was #17 when she appeared in her first feature film, Camp.