NOVA RISES TO NO. 6 — LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!

By Harry Allison

Villanova was sixth (up from eighth) in the final Top 25, followed by Kentucky, Auburn and Duke — all of them No. 2 seeds in the NCAA tourney — with Purdue rounding out the top 10. The Boilermakers earned the No. 3 seed in the East Region.

RANK TEAM PV RANK CONFERENCE POINTS
1
Gonzaga (26-3) 1 West Coast 1,518 (54)
2
Arizona (31-3) 2 Pacific 12 1,470 (7)
3
Kansas (28-6) 6 Big 12 1,388
4
Baylor (26-6) 3 Big 12 1,286
5
Tennessee (26-7) 9 Southeastern 1,235
6
Villanova (26-7) 8 Big East 1,211
7
Kentucky (26-7) 5 Southeastern 1,178
8
Auburn (27-5) 4 Southeastern 1,144
9
Duke (28-6) 7 Atlantic Coast 986
10
Purdue (27-7) 9 Big Ten 957
11
UCLA (25-7) 13 Pacific 12 823
12
Texas Tech (25-9) 14 Big 12 819
13
Providence (25-5) 11 Big East 736
14
Wisconsin (24-7) 12 Big Ten 684
15
Houston (29-5) 18 American Athletic 665
16
Iowa (26-9) 24 Big Ten 660
17
Arkansas (25-8) 15 Southeastern 577
18
Saint Mary’s (25-7) 17 West Coast 507
19
Illinois (22-9) 16 Big Ten 456
20
Murray State (30-2) 19 Ohio Valley 424
21
Connecticut (23-9) 20 Big East 352
22
USC (26-7) 21 Pacific 12 169
23
Boise State (27-7) Mountain West 164
24
Colorado State (25-5) 23 Mountain West 82
25
Texas (21-11) 22 Big 12 71
Others receiving votes:

Virginia Tech 63, South Dakota State 32, San Diego State 32, LSU 25, Memphis 18, Loyola Chicago 18, North Carolina 16, Michigan State 14, Texas A&M 13, Alabama 9, Ohio State 7, Creighton 4, Vermont 3, Davidson 2, San Francisco 2, Indiana 2, Seton Hall 1, Yale 1, Longwood 1

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