By Annie Ross
Villanova slid out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in five years.
The Wildcats lost a rematch of last year’s championship game with Michigan, then lost in overtime to Furman on Saturday to give coach Jay Wright’s team back-to-back losses for the first time in five years.
The Wildcats had risen to No. 8 last week. They were among those receiving votes this week.
“We’re trying to work out a lot of chemistry things with our team. We have a lot of new guys,” Villanova guard Phil Booth said. “We’re trying to play more together and figure things out.”
The Wildcats are trying to replace key players Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman after last year’s championship run. And while a strong recruiting class is trying to find its way, the Wildcats are off to a 2-2 start for the first time since 1997.
They’re also the first national champion to start 2-2 since UCLA in 1995.