VILLANOVA, Pa. -- For the first time in program history, the Villanova Wildcats occupy the No. 1 spot in both national polls.
The Wildcats were voted No. 1 in the Associated Press rankings for the first time in program history on Monday. The USA Today Coaches poll voters also listed VU as America's No. 1 team for the week of Feb. 8. This marks the second time Villanova has stood atop the USA Today poll -- the other took place in April 1985 after the `Cats upended Georgetown to earn the NCAA title.
Villanova, which improved to 20-3 overall with its 72-60 victory at then No. 11 Providence Saturday, had been ranked as high as No. 2 in the AP poll on six occasions previously, the most recent of those coming last March after the Wildcats captured the BIG EAST Tournament championship to improve to 32-2.
"We're honored and humbled to have been voted No.1 by the writers in the Associated Press poll and the coaches in the USA Today Coaches poll," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "There's still a lot of basketball left to be played and handling this will be another challenge for our team. We look forward to it."
The Wildcats edge No. 2 Maryland by four points in the Coaches poll (753-749). In the AP poll, Villanova received 32 of 65 first place votes and earned 1,566 points to edge the No. 2 ranked Terrapins (1,499).
Villanova will travel to Chicago for a meeting with DePaul on Tuesday evening in Rosemont, Ill. (8:30 p.m./FS1 and 610 Sports Radio WTEL).
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