The Wildcats are moving up once again.
After Duke suffered a disappointing loss to Miami, the Blue Devils fell in the rankings and have now switched spots with Villanova. The Wildcats now sit at #4, after a week filled with accomplishments. Villanova beat Xavier convincingly on Wednesday night, winning 88-75. Then the Wildcats headed over to the Palestra to take on the Penn Quakers. They started off slowly but left the Quakers in the dust after taking off in the second half. Villanova completed the sweep in Big Five play and were able to defend their title. It also was the end of Villanova’s out-of-conference schedule, finishing 13-0 against non-Big East opponents this season. It was the first time in program history that Villanova completed out-of-conference play undefeated. The Wildcats take on the Georgetown Hoyas tonight at 9 p.m.
As for the rest of the Big East, Seton Hall plummeted a few spots down but is still clinging onto a #24 ranking in both the AP and Coaches’ Polls. The Pirates were beaten by the Butler Bulldogs at home. They lost a close one, falling 79-75. It was Seton Hall’s only game of the week and they will look to bounce back. Georgetown, Providence, Butler, and St. John’s are in limbo. All four schools are currently receiving votes in both polls and will try to pick up a few wins to get them into the party.
Here are the polls/rankings, courtesy of ESPN (click to enlarge):
AP Poll: Coaches’ Poll: