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Villanova the new #1 in the land, Xavier #9/#10, Seton Hall #15, Creighton #25

Hey, look at that: ‘Nova is on top. And another team in the Top 10. And Seton Hall has their best ranking in years. Oh, and there’s Creighton too!

NCAA Basketball: La Salle at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a new top team in the land of college basketball. Its name is the Villanova Wildcats.

The Wildcats are the consensus No. 1, standing at the top of both the AP Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches Poll this week. Villanova is 10-0 on the year following their wins over the Gonzaga Bulldogs and La Salle Explorers this week. Given the shakeup at the top, it only made sense that the team without a blip rose to the top.

‘Nova received 41 first-place votes in the AP Poll and 22 in the Coaches Poll. The Michigan State Spartans amassed 19 and 10 first-place votes in the respective polls as well. And the Arizona State Sun Devils, who knocked off the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday, garnered five first-place votes in the AP Top 25.

Villanova isn’t the only Top 10 team from the Big East this week, though. The Xavier Musketeers have climbed in from the teens. Xavier ranks 10th in the AP Top 25 and 9th in the USA TODAY Poll. The Muskies have certainly put together an impressive resume to this point. Their only loss is to aforementioned ASU, and there’s definitely no shame in that anymore. With any luck, Xavier will only continue to climb up, and could be Top 5 by the time conference play begins.

Speaking of climbing up, the Seton Hall Pirates continue to ascend up the ladder. The Pirates are the consensus No. 15 team in the polls this week. It’s their highest ranking in either poll since the 2000-01 season. It’s been a long time coming, but Desi Rodriguez, Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado and the rest of the bunch in South Orange are playing their tails off. Seton Hall’s resume is no doubt impressive, and they too could be in the Top 10 by the time Big East play starts in a few weeks.

In the AP Top 25, the Creighton Bluejays were the only other Big East team to receive votes. The Jays stayed inside the Top 25 in the Coaches Poll, ranking 25th, just ahead of the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The mighty, undefeated powerhouse known as the Georgetown Hoyas grabbed two votes in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll.


AP Top 25

Team Points Last Week
Team Points Last Week
Villanova (41) 1,598 4
Michigan St. (19) 1,561 3
Wichita St. 1,402 6
Duke 1,362 1
Arizona St. (5) 1,316 16
Miami 1,272 10
North Carolina 1,237 11
Kentucky 1,227 8
Texas A&M 1,072 7
Xavier 1,044 13
West Virginia 972 18
Gonzaga 805 12
Kansas 760 2
TCU 718 20
Seton Hall 704 19
Virginia 690 15
Purdue 568 21
Notre Dame 564 9
Florida St. 452 --
Tennessee 342 24
Baylor 281 23
Florida 261 5
Arizona 252 -
Texas Tech 191 -
Cincinnati 145 17
Others receiving votes: Creighton 79, Oklahoma 72, Texas 52, Louisville 19, Arkansas 17, Virginia Tech 15, Minnesota 15, Nevada 13, Mississippi St. 8, UCLA 6, SMU 6, Loyola of Chicago 5, Alabama 4, Georgia 3, Houston 3, N Iowa 3, Towson 3, Syracuse 2, Boise St. 2, Middle Tennessee 1, Rhode Island 1.

USA TODAY Coaches Poll

Team Points Last Week
Team Points Last Week
Villanova (22) 790 4
Michigan St. (10) 768 3
Wichita St. 675 6
Duke 667 1
Kentucky 609 7
Arizona St. 604 17
North Carolina 593 10
Miami 569 11
Xavier 529 14
Texas A&M 495 9
West Virginia 477 16
Kansas 378 2
Gonzaga 374 13
TCU 373 20
Seton Hall 360 19
Virginia 355 12
Purdue 303 21
Notre Dame 247 8
Florida St. 209 36
Tennessee 153 29
Baylor 150 22
Florida 111 5
Arizona 106 30
Oklahoma 86 31
Creighton 75 28
Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati 74; Texas Tech 58; Virginia Tech 41; Texas 26; Louisville 25; Arkansas 21; Rhode Island 14; Minnesota 10; Mississippi State 10; Syracuse 10; Loyola (Ill.) 9; Boise State 8; Houston 8; Middle Tennessee 7; Alabama 6; Saint Mary's 4; UCLA 4; Georgia 3; Georgetown 2; Missouri 2; Stephen F. Austin 1; Nevada 1.