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Villanova Basketball enters NCAA Tournament at #23 in AP Poll

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Just like in their tournament seeding, a Big East Title didn’t seem to mean much to voters.

NCAA Basketball: Big East Tournament Final-Villanova vs Seton Hall Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Despite winning three straight games to earn a third consecutive Big East Tournament Championship, the #23 Villanova Wildcats only moved up two spots in Monday’s AP Poll. Nova will now play the unranked St. Mary’s Gaels on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round.

Villanova is once again the only Big East team ranked in the poll, as the Marquette Golden Eagles fell among the “others receiving votes” group despite receiving the highest seed of any Big East team. They’re joined there by the team they last played and lost to, the Seton Hall Pirates. St. John’s, the other Big East team in the big dance, did not receive any votes.

2018-19 AP Poll: Week 20

Rank Team Points
Rank Team Points
1 Duke (58) 1,592
2 Virginia (5) 1,497
3 North Carolina 1,453
4 Gonzaga (1) 1,398
5 Michigan State 1,382
6 Tennessee 1,270
7 Kentucky 1,232
8 Michigan 1,146
9 Texas Tech 1,033
10 Florida State 1,017
11 Houston 933
12 LSU 886
13 Purdue 727
14 Auburn 665
15 Buffalo 608
16 Virginia Tech 595
17 Kansas 590
18 Kansas State 529
19 Wofford 385
20 Nevada 361
21 Wisconsin 339
22 Cincinnati 335
23 Villanova 306
24 Iowa State 245
25 Utah State 73

Others Receiving Votes: Marquette 63, Maryland 55, Mississippi St. 35, Murray St. 12, New Mexico St. 11, UCF 9, Louisville 8, VCU 4, Seton Hall 3, Old Dominion 2, Liberty 1.

Polling History

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

  • It’s Villanova’s 383rd ranking in the AP Poll (17th All-Time)
  • It’s Villanova’s 3rd consecutive week in the AP Poll (Tied for 22nd longest active streak)

Additional Polling Data

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

KenPom: Nova is 26th overall, 16th in Adj. Offense, and 73rd in Adj. Defense

Sagarin: Nova is 18th overall, 19th in Predictive, 18th in Golden Mean, and 15th in Recent

Massey: Nova is 23rd overall, 24th in Power Rating, 47th in Offense, and 21st in Defense

NET: Nova is 26th overall, previously 26th

Kendrick: Anna Kendrick shares the #23 Villanova Wildcats passion for dancing.

And if you’re looking for another set of rankings to care about, try reading Rankings 101.