Villanova, Gonzaga, Kansas, Arizona lead final AP poll

Villanova, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, is No. 1 in the final Associated Press college basketball poll of the season.

The Wildcats (31-3) were a runaway choice Monday, receiving 59 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel.

Gonzaga (32-1), which received the other six first-place votes, and Kansas, two No. 1 seeds for the tournament, were second and third.

Arizona was fourth in the poll, while North Carolina, the fourth No. 1 seed, was ranked fifth.

Kentucky was sixth, followed by Duke, UCLA, Oregon and Louisville.

This was Villanova’s eighth week as No. 1 this season. Fifteen teams were ranked the entire season, with Villanova and Kansas the only two who spent the entire season in the top 10.

Record Pts Prv

1. Villanova (59) 31-3 1619 2
2. Gonzaga (6) 32-1 1520 4
3. Kansas 28-4 1479 1
4. Arizona 30-4 1427 7
5. Kentucky 29-5 1276 8
6. North Carolina 27-7 1256 6
7. Duke 27-8 1251 14
8. UCLA 29-4 1208 3
9. Oregon 29-5 1196 5
10. Louisville 24-8 983 10
11. SMU 30-4 953 12
12. Baylor 25-7 861 9
13. West Virginia 26-8 844 11
14. Notre Dame 25-9 684 22
15. Purdue 25-7 654 13
16. Florida St. 25-8 570 16
17. Iowa St. 23-10 562 23
18. Cincinnati 29-5 522 15
19. Wichita St. 30-4 438 20
20. Florida 24-8 390 17
21. Butler 23-8 361 18
22. Saint Mary’s (Cal) 28-4 305 19
23. Michigan 24-11 254 –
24. Virginia 22-10 240 21
25. Wisconsin 25-9 153 24
Others receiving votes: Middle Tennessee 37, Minnesota 20, Rhode Island 13, Creighton 11, Oklahoma St. 8, Iowa 8, Princeton 5, Nevada 5, Vermont 4, Virginia Tech 3, Seton Hall 2, Arkansas 1, Northwestern 1, VCU 1.