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Big week sends Virginia back to #2 in AP Poll rankings

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Beating two top-fifteen teams will do that for you

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After losing to Duke and falling to third in the rankings, UVA rebounded in a big way, with wins over #12 UNC (on the road) and #9 Louisville. That was enough to send Virginia back to #2 in this week's AP Poll.

Kentucky remained undefeated and unanimous number 1 in the nation, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke, and Wisconsin.

Despite their loss to UVA, Louisville remained at number 9. Despite their (30 point) loss to Duke, Notre Dame remained at number 10. And (despite their loss to UVA), UNC remained at number 12. No other ACC team received a vote this week.

The other ranked past Virginia opponents are #19 Maryland and #20 VCU.

Of the 65 AP voters, 36 ranked UVA second, while 17 had the team at #3, and 11 at #4. Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampsire Gazette was the only AP voter to rank Virginia fifth - here's his explanation.  (Who had UVA fourth? Names like Seth Davis and Gary Williams. The full voting record is here.)

Computer rankings have remained consistent, with KenPom and Sagarin both ranking the Hoos second, behind Kentucky.

Here are the full AP Top 25 rankings:

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts Last
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 23-0 1625 1
2 Virginia Cavaliers 21-1 1518 2
3 Gonzaga Bulldogs 25-1 1486 3
4 Duke Blue Devils 20-3 1450 4
5 Wisconsin Badgers 21-2 1385 5
6 Villanova Wildcats 21-2 1294 6
7 Arizona Wildcats 20-3 1185 7
8 Kansas Jayhawks 19-4 1171 8
9 Louisville Cardinals 19-4 1120 9
10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 21-4 948 10
11 Utah Utes 18-4 946 11
12 North Carolina Tar Heels 19-6 871 12
13 Northern Iowa Panthers 22-2 846 13
14 Iowa State Cyclones 17-5 842 14
15 Wichita State Shockers 21-3 743 15
16 Baylor Bears 18-5 694 16
17 Oklahoma Sooners 16-7 565 17
18 Butler Bulldogs 18-6 462 18
19 Maryland Terrapins 19-5 347 19
20 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 18-5 296 20
21 Oklahoma State Cowboys 16-7 273 21
21 West Virginia Mountaineers 18-5 273 21
23 Ohio State Buckeyes 18-6 271 23
24 Arkansas Razorbacks 18-5 221 24
25 SMU Mustangs 19-5 81 25
Others Receiving Votes: Iowa 38, Providence 26, Texas 25, S.F. Austin 22, Cincinnati 21, Murray St. 20, Indiana 13, Rhode Island 12, Georgetown 9, Texas A&M 7, Temple 6, Old Dominion 3, Mississippi 3, Harvard 2, S. Diego St. 2, Xavier 2, Valparaiso 1