Another Monday, another jump in the polls.
Villanova rose two spots to #4 with today’s release of the AP weekly poll after impressive wins over Marquette at home and Georgetown on the road. This is the highest Villanova has been ranked all season as well as the first time a Big East team has cracked the top five this year.
The #4 spot is only two spots away from Villanova’s all-time highest ranking of #2, which the Wildcats have achieved thrice, most recently in the opening postseason poll last year.
For the fifth time this season, the AP has crowned a new #1. The Kansas loss has allowed the team they beat in triple overtime, Oklahoma, to jump into the top spot. The last time Oklahoma ranked #1 was more than 25 years ago, in 1990. The Sooners, who face two ranked teams this week, still claim their Hawaiian defeat of Villanova as their best win of the season. North Carolina is now #2 and Kansas #3.
The three other Big East teams who have been ranked from the beginning of conference play remain in the AP Poll. Xavier, at #5, joins Villanova in the top five for their highest ranking of the season. Providence dropped four spots to #16 after another home loss. Butler moved up five spots to #18. The Big East now has the second-most ranked teams, behind only the Big 12 and ACC, who have five each.
Here are the polls, courtesy of ESPN:
AP Poll Coaches’ Poll