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AP College Basketball Rankings: ‘Nova rises to No. 12

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Creighton, Seton Hall, Marquette, and Butler also ranked this week.

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, the Wildcats’ week of two impressive wins has begun to return them into the good graces of the national press. Just a day after blowing Temple away to win back the Big 5 crown, Villanova (19-6, 8-4 Big East) has risen back up to #12 in the most recent AP rankings.

Once again, the ‘Cats join four other Big East teams in the poll, however, they are now the highest ranked of those five teams as the Pirates had a rough week, losing to both Creighton and Providence. Creighton made the most impressive jump of the quintet, moving up eight spots.

Big East Ranked Teams: #12 Villanova, #15 Creighton, #16 Seton Hall, #19 Marquette, #21 Butler

Looking outside the Big East, the top of the poll largely held still, with Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas, and San Diego State remaining the top four teams in the country. Dayton now joins them in the top 5 after Louisville lost twice in the ACC.

AP Poll (Week of 2/17/20)

Rank Team Rec PTS
Rank Team Rec PTS
1 Baylor(48) 23-1 1,559
2 Gonzaga(14) 26-1 1,518
3 Kansas(1) 22-3 1,434
4 San Diego State 26-0 1,404
5 Dayton 23-2 1,294
6 Duke 22-3 1,285
7 Maryland 21-4 1,194
8 Florida State 21-4 1,088
9 Penn State 20-5 1,024
10 Kentucky 20-5 1,011
11 Louisville 21-5 837
12 Villanova 19-6 824
13 Auburn 22-3 818
14 Oregon 20-6 742
15 Creighton 20-6 718
16 Seton Hall 18-7 672
17 West Virginia 18-7 552
18 Colorado 20-6 501
19 Marquette 17-7 404
20 Iowa 18-8 254
21 Butler 19-7 242
22 Houston 20-6 237
23 BYU 21-7 188
24 Arizona 18-7 102
25 Ohio State 17-8 95
Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 92, Michigan State 87, Michigan 83, LSU 55, Rhode Island 39, Virginia 32, Cincinnati 14, Stephen F. Austin 14, Illinois 12, Northern Iowa 9, Utah State 8, Rutgers 6, Florida 6, East Tennessee State 5, Saint Mary’s 4, Tulsa 3, Richmond 3, SMU 2, New Mexico State 2, Wright State 1, Arizona State 1