After a heartbreaking loss in overtime to an upstart Providence squad, Villanova has expectedly moved down in this week’s AP Poll. The drop was trifling, honestly: only two spots down to #6. Two factors can be said to have conspired in favor of the Wildcats’ small drop. First, the fact that so many other highly ranked teams lost: seven out the top eight to be precise. Second, this loss was in overtime to a well-ranked team. The three teams to claim triumph over Villanova are all currently in the top 11.
Despite their loss on Monday at Iowa State, Oklahoma has surprisingly retained the #1 spot. To exemplify how surprising that is, the last #1 team to not drop in the polls after a loss this early in the season was Cincinnati in 1960. That means that North Carolina, the only top eight team to finish the week undefeated, remains #2. They are trailed by Iowa, who moved up six slots to #3, Kansas, and Texas A&M.
As for the rest of the Big East; well, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the conference lost a member from the top 25. Butler is out, but still receiving a considerable amount of votes. The good news is that Xavier was as lucky as Villanova fared, only moving down two spots, themselves to #7. Providence made an expected jump back into the top ten, landing at #10 just three weeks after their top ten exit after the Marquette loss. That means that the Big East now has three teams in the top ten.
Here are the weekly polls, courtesy of ESPN:
AP Poll Coaches’ Poll