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2021-22 Preseason Basketball AP Poll: Villanova comes in at #4

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‘Cats behind Gonzaga, UCLA, and Kansas

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The AP writers released their 2021-22 Preseason Basketball Poll and the Villanova Wildcats came in at #4.

Gonzaga is an overwhelming favorite taking the top spot with 55 of 63 first-place votes. UCLA, who ‘Nova plays on November 12th tallied the balance of the first-place votes for the #2 spot. Kansas came in at #3 and Texas rounds out the top 5.

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‘Nova will be led by senior point guard Collin Gillespie who averaged 14 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. Justin Moore and Jermaine Samuels will return 25 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists between them.

The BIG EAST is also represented by UConn at #24. Xavier and St. John’s also received votes. The Big Ten and SEC are represented by five schools each.

Jay Wright’s Wildcats open their 2021-22 campaign at home on Tuesday, November 9th as they host Mount St. Mary’s.

2021-22 Preseason Poll

Rank Team Record Points
Rank Team Record Points
1 Gonzaga (55) 0-0 1562
2 UCLA (8) 0-0 1459
3 Kansas 0-0 1427
4 Villanova 0-0 1332
5 Texas 0-0 1315
6 Michigan 0-0 1255
7 Purdue 0-0 1213
8 Baylor 0-0 992
9 Duke 0-0 963
10 Kentucky 0-0 894
11 Illinois 0-0 861
12 Memphis 0-0 831
13 Oregon 0-0 775
14 Alabama 0-0 713
15 Houston 0-0 694
16 Arkansas 0-0 673
17 Ohio State 0-0 581
18 Tennessee 0-0 563
19 North Carolina 0-0 547
20 Florida State 0-0 381
21 Maryland 0-0 294
22 Auburn 0-0 267
23 St. Bonaventure 0-0 238
24 UConn 0-0 161
25 Virginia 0-0 125
Others receiving votes: Michigan State 87, Indiana 41, USC 30, Arizona 26, Virginia Tech 25, Oklahoma State 25, Xavier 22, Texas Tech 17, Richmond 13, Rutgers 11, Colorado State 11, Belmont 7, LSU 7, St. John’s 5, Mississippi State 5, Syracuse 5, San Diego State 5, Drake 4, Colorado 4, BYU 3, Louisville 3, Notre Dame 3