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Villanova Basketball Ties School Records with 5th Consecutive Week at #1 in AP Poll

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For the second year in a row, the Wildcats have spent more than a month atop college basketball.

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats have been ranked atop the college basketball world yet again, now putting them in place to break some school records. Villanova has now been ranked #1 for five consecutive weeks, and eight weeks total this season. Both accomplishments tie school records that were set by last year’s squad that secured the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

But breaking that record may not be so easy. First, Villanova will face a St. John’s team that’s coming off of a win against then #4 Duke. Then, the cats will face a Butler team that’s beaten them in their last three games. Luckily, both of these games will be at home for the Cats, where they’re undefeated on the season.

For the second time this season, the Big East has two teams ranked in the Top 5. Villanova claimed one of its #1 votes back from Virginia to give them 48 of 65. Xavier moved up to #5 in the poll, but they remain the only two Big East teams currently ranked. Butler, Seton Hall, and Creighton all land in the “Others Receiving Votes” category.

2018 AP Poll: Week 14

Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
1 Villanova (48) 1,608
2 Virginia (16) 1,572
3 Purdue (1) 1,500
4 Michigan State 1,407
5 Xavier 1,350
6 Cincinnati 1,305
7 Texas Tech 1,182
8 Auburn 1,138
9 Duke 1,075
10 Kansas 1,015
11 Saint Mary's (Cal) 895
12 Gonzaga 851
13 Arizona 816
14 Ohio State 747
15 Tennessee 739
16 Clemson 720
17 Oklahoma 636
18 Rhode Island 486
19 West Virginia 457
20 Michigan 331
21 North Carolina 304
22 Wichita State 295
23 Nevada 205
24 Kentucky 133
25 Miami (FL) 76

Others Receiving Votes: Butler 65, Washington 54, Florida State 27, New Mexico State 23, Seton Hall 20, Creighton 18, Arizona State 17, Texas 15, NC State 12, Alabama 8, Middle Tennessee 6, Nebraska 4, Florida 3, Houston 3, TCU 3, Oklahoma State 2, East Tennessee State 1, Vermont 1

Additional Polling Data

KenPom: Nova is #1 overall (Even), #1 in Adj. O (Even), and #42 in Adj. D (Down 10)

Sagarin: Nova is #1 overall (Even), ahead of #2 Purdue and #3 Virginia

Massey: Nova is #2 overall (Even), #3 in O (Even), and #27 in D (Down 1)

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