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College Basketball Coaches Poll: Villanova No. 1, Loyola finishes 7th


during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.

Tom Pennington

The 2017-18 college basketball season came to an end Monday night, with Villanova beating Michigan 79-62 to win the program’s second national title in the last three seasons. As a result Jay Wright’s Wildcats top the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the season, with Michigan, Kansas, Duke and Virginia rounding out the Top 5.

The biggest jump in the poll was made by Final Four participant Loyola University Chicago, which went from unranked to seventh. In total four teams that were unranked moved into the final Top 25, with Florida State (18th), Kansas State (19th) and Texas A&M (24th) being the others.

Wichita State, which lost to Marshall in the first round of the NCAA tournament, dropped nine spots in the poll from 16th to 25th.

Here is the full poll:

1. Villanova (32 first-place votes)
2. Michigan
3. Kansas
4. Duke
5. Virginia
6. Texas Tech
7. Loyola
8. Xavier
9. Purdue
10. Gonzaga
11. Michigan State
12. Cincinnati
13. West Virginia
14. North Carolina
15. Clemson
16. Tennessee
17. Kentucky
18. Florida State
19. Kansas State
20. Nevada
21. Ohio State
22. Houston
23. Auburn
24. Texas A&M
25. Wichita State