Villanova Wildcats go into the new season ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 men’s basketball media poll, writes Joe Juliano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Villanova returns to the college basketball court with four starters from last season’s team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Veteran starters Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels were back for a fifth season. The other two returning starters are guards Justin Moore and Caleb Daniels.
In the poll, the Wildcats trailed No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 UCLA and No. 3, Kansas.
This is the seventh year in a row Villanova has ranked in the top 10 in the AP poll.
They started third in the 2020-21 season. The championship teams of 2016 and 2018 were No. 8 and No. 6, respectively.
The Wildcats lost only Jeremiah Robinson-Earl from their 2020-21 team. That team finished 18-7 and captured the Big East regular-season title for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Villanova won two games in the NCAA Tournament before losing, 62-51, in the Sweet 16 to Baylor, who went on to become national champions.
Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about Villanova’s ranking in the new season.
CBS Sports takes a look at the College Basketball AP Top 25 Preseason Poll.