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Villanova Basketball rises to #9 in newest AP Poll

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BIG EAST now features two Top 10 teams; three in Top 15.

DePaul v Villanova Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Villanova has returned to the Top 10 in the newest AP Poll released on Monday. The Wildcats (14-3, 4-1) won two games in the past week with victories DePaul and UConn last week and have been posted at the #9 spot by the National Sportswriters.

Baylor collected 33 of 65 First Place votes and is the new #1 in the nation- swapping spots with Gonzaga, who they edged out by three points in the poll. Kansas, San Diego State, and Florida State round out the Top 5.

The BIG EAST is also represented by Seton Hall at #10 and Nova’s next opponent, Butler, at #13. Creighton and Marquette are also receiving votes.

January 20, 2020 AP Poll

RK TEAM REC PTS
RK TEAM REC PTS
1 Baylor (33) 15-1 1591
2 Gonzaga (31) 20-1 1588
3 Kansas (1) 14-3 1470
4 San Diego State 19-0 1422
5 Florida State 16-2 1335
6 Louisville 15-3 1303
7 Dayton 16-2 1139
8 Duke 15-3 1065
9 Villanova 14-3 1055
10 Seton Hall 14-4 1034
11 Michigan State 14-4 1004
12 Oregon 15-4 886
13 Butler 15-3 867
14 West Virginia 14-3 758
15 Kentucky 13-4 755
16 Auburn 15-2 637
17 Maryland 14-4 525
18 Texas Tech 12-5 399
19 Iowa 13-5 398
20 Memphis 14-3 394
21 Illinois 13-5 280
22 Arizona 13-5 225
23 Colorado 14-4 154
24 Rutgers 14-4 152
25 Houston 14-4 151
Others receiving votes: Wichita State 94, LSU 83, Michigan 73, Northern Iowa 42, Ohio State 36, Stanford 28, Wisconsin 28, Penn State 24, Liberty 21, Florida 21, Arkansas 19, Virginia 13, Creighton 13, Duquesne 13, Purdue 9, East Tennessee State 6, Indiana 6, USC 4, Marquette 2, BYU 2, Harvard 1

Poll Notes: The Bears are the 7th school to hold the top spot this season. Rutgers joins the AP Poll for the first time since 1979.