College basketball rankings: Villanova will be your new AP No. 1 team on Monday

Because Kentucky was upset by UCLA, and Villanova charged over Saint Joseph's (88-57) on Saturday, there will be a Wildcat swap at the top of the polls on Monday.

Previously undefeated UK will lose its grip on the No. 1 ranking, while No. 2 Nova is destined to return to No. 1, a place it's familiar with, of course -- Villanova earned that distinction just eight months ago, when it won the national title.

The big story out of Philadelphia on Saturday was Josh Hart's triple-double. The frontrunner for Big East player of the year became the first Nova player in more than three decades to haul in a triple-double. That's stunning to me. The last time a VU player went for a triple-double was January of 1986, when Harold Pressley put up 19 points, 15 boards and 10 blocks (!) in a win over Providence. At the time it was the first triple-double in Big East history.

Nova, in general, was terrific in its execution. The team made 16 3-pointers -- a season-high -- and had 23 assists on 32 field goals. Villanova is now 8-0 and deserves to be right there with any team in the debate for the best club in the country.

Villanova won't get to be comfortable with a No. 1 ranking, though. Two of its next three games come against Big 5 opponents, sandwiched by a tilt against undefeated Notre Dame. Every Philly game is always a tense one, so be on the lookout.

Hart's triple-double puts him in the thick of the convo for player of the year, a discussion that will earn more clarity as December rolls on.

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Josh Hart's triple-double will keep him in the mix for player of the year talk. USATSI
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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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