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Villanova holds at #3 in newest AP Poll

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‘Cats haven’t played since December 23rd.

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The Villanova Wildcats (8-1, 3-0) have maintained their #3 ranking in the newest AP Poll released on Monday despite not playing a single basketball game since December 23rd.

Gonzaga remains the nation’s #1 collecting 63 of the 64 First Place votes; Baylor, at #2, tallied the other First Place vote to stay at #2 for the seventh consecutive week. Texas and Iowa round out the Top 5.

BIG EAST frenemies Creighton dropped to #8 and Connecticut entered the poll at #25; the Huskies’ first inclusion in the AP Top 25 since 2016-17. Xavier also represents the Conference in the “Also Receiving Votes” category.

Ohio State returned to the rankings at #21, while Rutgers and Florida State dropped out of the poll.

The Villanova program is on its second mandatory COVID hiatus due to positive tests by two players. ‘Nova is next set to play on January 19th when they host Seton Hall.

January 11, 2021 AP Poll

RK TEAM REC PTS
RK TEAM REC PTS
1 Gonzaga (63) 12-0 1599
2 Baylor (1) 11-0 1536
3 Villanova 8-1 1436
4 Texas 10-1 1422
5 Iowa 11-2 1322
6 Kansas 10-2 1220
7 Michigan 10-0 1161
8 Creighton 10-2 1151
9 Wisconsin 10-2 1110
10 Tennessee 9-1 1093
11 Houston 10-1 993
12 Clemson 9-1 747
13 West Virginia 9-4 701
14 Illinois 9-4 694
15 Texas Tech 10-3 689
16 Louisville 8-1 464
17 Missouri 7-2 436
18 Virginia 7-2 403
19 Duke 5-2 397
20 Virginia Tech 9-2 286
21 Ohio State 9-3 280
22 Oregon 9-2 264
23 Minnesota 10-4 233
24 Saint Louis 7-1 220
25 UConn 6-1 181
Others receiving votes: Alabama 173, UCLA 137, Colorado 96, Florida State 74, USC 48, Rutgers 46, Drake 42, Michigan State 34, Oklahoma State 28, Arkansas 24, San Diego State 10, Boise State 8, Xavier 7, LSU 7, Florida 7, Northwestern 6, Tulsa 5, NC State 5, Winthrop 2, Indiana 2, Belmont 1