GateHouse (Belmont Citizen-Herald)
Josh Hart, Ryan Fazekas

Villanova latest No. 1 in AP poll; 6th top team this season

Villanova joined an exclusive club Monday. The Wildcats are now among the 57 schools to have been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Wildcats had been ranked No. 2 seven times — last time the final poll of last season — but had never made that one step up.

"There's still a lot of basketball left to be played and handling this will be another challenge for our team," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "We look forward to it."

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Feb 8
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (32)20-31,5663
2Maryland (13)21-31,4994
3Oklahoma (7)19-31,4721
4Iowa (11)19-41,4715
5Xavier21-21,3826
6Kansas (1)19-41,3117
7Virginia (1)19-41,2239
8Michigan State20-41,14410
9North Carolina19-41,1362
10West Virginia19-41,08214
11Oregon20-490516
12Miami (FL)18-482617
13Louisville19-481919
14Iowa State17-678113
15Texas A&M18-56638
16SMU20-259312
17Arizona19-549723
18Purdue19-545618
19Dayton19-341324
20Providence18-634911
21Baylor17-633315
22Kentucky17-622820
23Southern California18-522527
24Texas16-719936
25Wichita State17-613221

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