Villanova remains the No. 1 team in the AP Poll for the third straight week, receiving 56 of a possible 65 first place votes.
North Carolina fell from 7th to 8th after losing to Kentucky in Las Vegas, which really doesn’t make much sense to me. Seeing them come within a Malik Monk 47-point outburst and game-winning three in the final 20 seconds of a win over Kentucky made you think that team was worse than before the game? That’s a head-scratcher.
And once again, the team in this poll that most media members believe is the best in the country – Duke – comes in fifth without a first-place vote. That will never make sense to me.
1. Villanova (56 first-place votes)
2. UCLA (3)
4. Baylor (6)
8. North Carolina
11. West Virginia
19. Saint Mary’s
21. Florida State
22. South Carolina
25. Notre Dame