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Villanova Basketball returns to the AP Poll at #22

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NCAA Basketball: St. John at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats returned to the AP Poll Top 25 on Monday, securing the #22 spot. Their resurgence in the poll comes in the midst of a five game winning streak, including opening Big East play at 4-0. This was an especially successful weeks for the Cats, defeating then ranked St. John’s at home before picking up a road win at Creighton.

Villanova is joined in the rankings by fellow Big East school Marquette at #15. St. John’s (12) fell into the “others receiving votes” category after losing to DePaul at home, albeit without star guard Shamorie Ponds. Seton Hall (6) also received votes this week, as did fellow Big 5 school Temple (5) . Jay Wright’s former stomping grounds, Hofstra, also received one vote this week.

The Wildcats will look to continue climbing the poll this week as they host Xavier on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

2018-19 AP Poll: Week 11

Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
1 Duke (36) 1,558
2 Michigan (9) 1,497
3 Tennessee (13) 1,482
4 Virginia (6) 1,473
5 Gonzaga 1,315
6 Michigan State 1,292
7 Kansas 1,188
8 Texas Tech 1,157
9 Virginia Tech 1,091
10 Nevada 1,015
11 Florida State 918
12 Kentucky 790
13 North Carolina 678
14 Auburn 669
15 Marquette 668
16 Buffalo 625
17 North Carolina State 586
18 Mississippi 501
19 Maryland 412
20 Oklahoma 394
21 Houston 387
22 Villanova 300
23 Iowa 172
24 Mississippi State 154
25 Indiana 116

Others Receiving Votes: Louisville 112, Nebraska 36, Ohio St. 34, Wisconsin 31, Iowa St. 20, UCF 17, Purdue 16, Kansas St 14, St. John’s 12, TCU 12, Murray St. 9, Washington 8, Arizona 8, LSU 7, Seton Hall 6, South Carolina 6, Temple 5, Minnesota 3, Wofford 2, Cincinnati 2, Florida 1, Hofstra 1.

Polling Archives

Some interesting Villanova AP Poll facts from College Poll Archive and College Poll Tracker:

  • It’s Villanova’s 375th ranking in the AP Poll (18th All-Time)
  • Villanova returns to the poll after a 4 week absence, their longest since November of 2013.
  • The only two AP voters to rank Villanova all season have been Jeff Call and Brian Holland

Additional Polling Data

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

KenPom: Nova is 22nd overall, 11th in Adj. Offense, and 65th in Adj. Defense

Sagarin: Nova is 14th overall, 17th in Predictive, 12th in Golden Mean, and 12th in Recent

Massey: Nova is 19th overall, 13th in Power Rating, 46th in Offense, and 14th in Defense

Kendrick: Anna Kendrick’s #22nd highest grossing movie to date is a personal favorite of mine: Life After Beth.