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Villanova up to #5 in newest AP Poll

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Wildcats return to the Top 5 in the December 21st Poll.

Villanova v Ohio State Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The Villanova Wildcats (7-1, 2-0) have improved to #5 in the newest AP Poll released on Monday. Jay Wright’s squad went 2-0 last week with victories over Butler and St. Joseph’s.

Gonzaga remains the nation’s #1 collecting 61 of the 64 First Place votes; Baylor, at #2, tallied the other three. Kansas and Iowa are the other two schools ranked ahead of ‘Nova.

BIG EAST frenemies Creighton (#13) and previously unranked Xavier entered the poll at #22 to represent the conference.

Villanova is next set to play at Marquette on Wednesday (7p ET). Fans can watch the game on FS1.

December 21 AP Poll

Rank School Record Points Previous
Rank School Record Points Previous
1 Gonzaga (61) 4-0 1,597 1
2 Baylor (3) 5-0 1,538 2
3 Kansas 7-1 1,426 5
4 Iowa 6-1 1,365 3
5 Villanova 7-1 1,304 7
6 Houston 5-0 1,272 6
7 West Virginia 7-1 1,225 8
8 Tennessee 4-0 1,109 10
9 Wisconsin 6-1 1,051 12
10 Texas 7-1 1,035 11
11 Rutgers 6-0 878 19
12 Michigan State 6-1 839 4
13 Creighton 6-2 773 9
14 Missouri 5-0 768 16
15 Texas Tech 6-2 661 14
16 Virginia 3-1 510 17
17 North Carolina 5-2 492 22
18 Illinois 5-3 468 13
19 Michigan 6-0 367 25
20 Duke 3-2 352 21
21 Florida State 4-1 335 15
22 Xavier 8-0 249 NR
23 Ohio State 6-1 245 20
24 Virginia Tech 6-1 181 NR
25 Oregon 6-1 167 NR
Others receiving votes: San Diego State 146, Richmond 142, Saint Louis 64, Arkansas 54, Indiana 53, Clemson 28, Florida 20, Georgia 19, Colorado 13, BYU 9, Purdue 9, Louisville 8, Northwestern 7, UCF 6, Minnesota 4, UCLA 3, Oklahoma State 3, LSU 2, Western Kentucky 2, SMU 1