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Villanova drops to #14 in newest AP Poll

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‘Cats end streak of 12 straight weeks in the Top 10.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 28 Villanova at Butler Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Despite defeating a Top 15 team Villanova (16-5, 11-4) dropped to #14 in the newest AP Poll released on Monday. The Wildcats went 1-1 last week with a victory over then #14 Creighton and a road loss at Providence on Saturday ending the Cats’ streak of 12 straight weeks in the Top 10.

Gonzaga remains the nation’s #1 collecting 61 of the 63 First Place votes as Baylor returns to the #2 spot in the country. A trio of Big Ten schools round out the Top 5; Illinois, Michigan, and Iowa- in that order.

BIG EAST frenemies Creighton dropped a spot to #17 and is the only other team from the conference ranked. UConn is the only team from the conference receiving votes.

USC is the only new entry to this week’s AP Top 25; Wisconisn dropped out of the polls.

Villanova next returns to action on Thursday in the Quarterfinals of the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament when the top-seeded Wildcats will play the winner of the 8/9 game between Georgetown and Marquette. Tip time is set for 12p ET and will be broadcast on FS1.

March 8, 2021 AP Poll

RK TEAM REC PTS
RK TEAM REC PTS
1 Gonzaga (61) 24-0 1573
2 Baylor (2) 21-1 1510
3 Illinois 20-6 1438
4 Michigan 19-3 1382
5 Iowa 20-7 1314
6 Alabama 21-6 1239
7 Houston 21-3 1173
8 Arkansas 21-5 1046
9 Ohio State 18-8 1032
10 West Virginia 18-8 919
11 Kansas 19-8 873
12 Oklahoma State 18-7 851
13 Texas 17-7 802
14 Villanova 16-5 729
15 Florida State 15-5 687
16 Virginia 17-6 531
17 Creighton 18-7 510
18 Loyola Chicago 24-4 488
19 San Diego State 20-4 462
20 Texas Tech 17-9 389
Purdue 18-8 389
22 Virginia Tech 15-5 266
23 Colorado 20-7 209
24 USC 21-6 175
25 Oklahoma 14-9 172
Others receiving votes: BYU 93, Oregon 67, UConn 53, Clemson 25, Wisconsin 24, Tennessee 14, Wichita State 13, St. Bonaventure 11, Winthrop 7, VCU 4, LSU 2, UC Santa Barbara 1, San Diego 1, Michigan State 1