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Villanova Basketball holds at #10 in newest AP Poll

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‘Cats open BIG EAST play and enter the new decade in the Top 10.

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It was a quiet week as the squad had no games surrounding the Christmas holiday, but the Villanova Wildcats (9-2) have held their Top 10 spot in the newest AP Poll that was released on Monday.

Gonzaga remains the top team in the country as they collected 63 of 65 first place votes in the final poll of the 2019 calendar year. Duke, Kansas, and Oregon round out the Top 4. Ohio State and Baylor, who have been the only ones to knock off ‘Nova this year, come in at #5 and #6 respectively.

The ‘Cats and #11 Butler are the only BIG EAST schools in the Top 25. However, Xavier, DePaul, Georgetown, Creighton, Marquette, Seton Hall, and St. John’s are receiving votes- meaning that Providence is the sole member of the conference not tallying the confidence in any of the national sportswriters.

Villanova starts the 2020 BIG EAST Conference play on Monday when they host Xavier.

December 30, 2019 AP Poll

Rank School Record Points Previous
Rank School Record Points Previous
1 Gonzaga (63) 13-1 1,621 1
2 Duke (1) 11-1 1,516 4
3 Kansas (1) 10-2 1,497 5
4 Oregon 11-2 1,361 6
5 Ohio State 11-2 1,277 2
6 Baylor 9-1 1,267 7
7 Louisville 11-2 1,196 3
8 Auburn 12-0 1,159 8
9 Memphis 11-1 1,055 9
10 Villanova 9-2 970 10
11 Butler 12-1 883 12
12 Michigan 10-3 880 11
13 San Diego State 13-0 780 15
14 Michigan State 10-3 747 14
15 Maryland 11-2 720 13
16 West Virginia 11-1 719 22
17 Kentucky 9-3 674 19
18 Florida State 11-2 531 17
19 Virginia 10-2 506 16
20 Dayton 10-2 483 18
21 Penn State 11-2 312 20
22 Texas Tech 9-3 175 23
23 Iowa 10-3 137 25
24 Wichita State 11-1 135 NR
25 Arizona 10-3 113 24
Others receiving votes: Colorado 74, Xavier 58, DePaul 47, Washington 40, Northern Iowa 32, Utah State 30, Saint Mary’s 28, Marquette 27, Arkansas 19, Purdue 12, Georgetown 10, Creighton 10, Indiana 5, Houston 4, Virginia Tech 3, St. John’s 3, Seton Hall 2, East Tennessee State 2, BYU 2, Florida 1, Stanford 1, Yale 1