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Villanova remains at #3 in AP Poll

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‘Cats haven’t played since December 23rd.

NCAA Basketball: Georgetown at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Somehow, 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 62 of the 64 First Place votes; Baylor, at #2, tallied the other First Place votes to stay at #2 for the seventh consecutive week. Iowa and Texas round out the Top 5.

BIG EAST frenemies Creighton dropped to #11 and Connecticut improved in the poll at #23; Xavier also represents the Conference in the “Also Receiving Votes” category.

UCLA and Alabama entered the polls this week as Louisville and Duke dropped out. This marks the first time since February of 2016 that the Blue Devils are not in the AP Poll.

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

January 18, 2021 Poll

RANK TEAM POINTS
RANK TEAM POINTS
1 Gonzaga (14-0) 1,598 (62)
2 Baylor (12-0) 1,538 (2)
3 Villanova (8-1) 1,445
4 Iowa (12-2) 1,420
5 Texas (11-2) 1,289
6 Tennessee (10-1) 1,242
7 Michigan (11-1) 1,197
8 Houston (11-1) 1,155
9 Kansas (10-3) 1,072
10 Wisconsin (11-3) 939
11 Creighton (10-3) 833
12 Texas Tech (11-4) 792
13 Virginia (9-2) 778
14 West Virginia (9-4) 732
15 Ohio State (11-3) 631
16 Virginia Tech (11-2) 536
17 Minnesota (11-4) 507
18 Alabama (11-3) 487
19 Missouri (8-2) 462
20 Clemson (9-2) 354
21 Oregon (9-2) 235
22 Illinois (9-5) 232
23 Connecticut (7-1) 209
24 UCLA (11-2) 195
25 Saint Louis (7-1) 172
Others receiving votes: Louisville 155, Colorado 148, Oklahoma State 119, Florida State 112, USC 74, Duke 43, Drake 42, LSU 20, Boise State 15, Xavier 7, Belmont 5, Michigan State 3, Winthrop 3, Toledo 2, Utah State 1, Purdue 1