Thanks largely to the fact that VIllanova, unlike the majority of teams in the poll, did not lose this week, the Wildcats are #1 for the second time this year. They took care of business in their lone game of the week, picking up a 100-90 victory over Marquette.
After taking down Butler to start the week, the Xavier Musketeers were in prime position to jump up to a school-record #4 (or higher) in the AP Poll had they been able to beat the Providence Friars. Unfortunately, Providence pulled off the upset and Xavier fell all the way down to 10. The Musketeers have a chance to redeem themselves though as they face #1 Villanova on Wednesday night.
One of the week’s biggest jumps comes from the Seton Hall Pirates, who are up to #13 after a 2-0 week. The current Big East leaders jumped eight spots for their highest ranking since they got up to #7 in 2000-01.
Rounding out the Big East’s presence in the polls are the Creighton Bluejays, who just skate in at #25. Creighton is 3-1 in Big East play. They’ll be tested this week against Butler and Xavier.
The full AP Poll can be found right HERE.