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Villanova drops to #5 in newest AP Poll

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Gonzaga and Baylor remain the nation’s top two.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 30 Villanova at Seton Hall Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On the heels of a 1-1 week, that included a loss to St. John’s, the AP Voters have dropped Villanova to #5 in the poll released on Monday. The Wildcats (12-2, 7-1) also defeated Georgetown over the weekend.

Gonzaga remains the nation’s #1 collecting data 55 of the 64 First Place votes (a drop from 61 first-place votes); Baylor, at #2, tallied the other First Place votes to stay as the top duo for the tenth consecutive week. Two Big Ten teams- Michigan and Ohio State are numbers 3 and 4.

BIG EAST frenemies Creighton dropped to #19 and is the only other team ranked. Xavier and St. John’s are not in the Top 25, but are collecting votes. USC, Loyola (Chi), and Oklahoma State entered the polls this week as UCLA, Florida, and Kansas dropped out.

This ends a streak of 231 consecutive weeks of the Jayhawks being ranked in the Top 25- with the last time being in February 2009. Gonzaga now has the longest streak of being in the AP Poll at 90 straight weeks. Villanova now has the second-longest streak at 35 consecutive weeks.

The ‘Cats returns to action on Wednesday (2/10) when they host Marquette at the Finneran Pavilion.

Feburary 8, 2021 AP Poll

RANK TEAM POINTS
RANK TEAM POINTS
1 Gonzaga (18-0) 1,567 (55)
2 Baylor (17-0) 1,520 (8)
3 Michigan (13-1) 1,438
4 Ohio State (15-4) 1,365
5 Villanova (12-2) 1,281
6 Illinois (13-5) 1,239
7 Texas Tech (14-5) 1,102
8 Houston (16-2) 1,060
9 Virginia (13-3) 969
10 Missouri (13-3) 966
11 Alabama (15-5) 911
12 Oklahoma (12-5) 863
13 Texas (11-5) 841
14 West Virginia (13-5) 824
15 Iowa (13-6) 757
16 Tennessee (13-4) 690
17 Florida State (10-3) 514
18 Virginia Tech (14-4) 486
19 Creighton (14-5) 465
20 USC (15-3) 411
21 Wisconsin (14-6) 358
22 Loyola Chicago (0-0) 200
23 Oklahoma State (12-5) 181
24 Purdue (13-7) 85
25 Rutgers (11-6) 65
Others receiving votes: Colorado 41, San Diego State 38, Xavier 37, UCLA 35, Florida 29, Louisville 28, Belmont 25, Kansas 18, Drake 16, Minnesota 12, North Carolina 8, St. John’s 7, Toledo 6, Clemson 6, Arkansas 3, Boise State 3, Saint Louis 2, UAB 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1, BYU 1