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Villanova improves to #8 in newest AP Poll

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‘Cats bump up two spots

Villanova v Georgetown Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Villanova (14-3, 9-2) improved two spots to #8 in the newest AP Poll released on Monday. The Wildcats went 1-0 last week with a 68-60 victory over the Connecticut Huskies.

Gonzaga remains the nation’s #1 collecting data 60 of the 64 First Place votes (an improvement from 59 first-place votes last week); Baylor, at #2, tallied the other First Place votes to stay as the top duo for the eleventh consecutive week. Three Big Ten teams — Michigan, Ohio State, and Illinois round out the Top 5 for the second consecutive week. Alabama and Oklahoma are also ranked ahead of ‘Nova.

BIG EAST frenemies Creighton improved a spot to #13 and is the only other team from the conference ranked. Xavier is the only team from the conference receiving votes.

There are no new entries or departures from the AP Top 25.

Villanova next returns to action on Tuesday when they host the St. John’s Red Storm.

February 22, 2021 AP Poll

RK TEAM REC PTS
RK TEAM REC PTS
1 Gonzaga (60) 22-0 1596
2 Baylor (4) 17-0 1540
3 Michigan 16-1 1472
4 Ohio State 18-5 1370
5 Illinois 16-5 1356
6 Alabama 18-5 1196
7 Oklahoma 14-5 1150
8 Villanova 14-3 1132
9 Iowa 17-6 1088
10 West Virginia 15-6 1014
11 Florida State 13-3 967
12 Houston 18-3 921
13 Creighton 16-5 836
14 Texas 13-6 730
15 Virginia 15-5 690
16 Virginia Tech 14-4 545
17 Kansas 17-7 532
18 Texas Tech 14-7 477
19 USC 18-4 423
20 Arkansas 17-5 346
21 Loyola Chicago 19-4 288
22 San Diego State 17-4 222
23 Wisconsin 16-8 200
24 Missouri 14-6 149
25 Tennessee 15-6 145
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma State 92, Belmont 80, Purdue 53, Oregon 53, LSU 32, Drake 19, BYU 19, UCLA 17, Clemson 13, Colorado 8, Wichita State 6, North Carolina 6, Boise State 5, Toledo 4, Xavier 2, Winthrop 2, UC Santa Barbara 2, Western Kentucky 2