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Cavaliers Get Bump in Poll while Villanova Stays On Top

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Thank God for an off week for exams! After only playing a lone home game since last week’s rankings, the Cavaliers did not take a hit in the rankings this week.

The AP poll saw Virginia jump a spot thanks to Xavier losing and falling from No. 13 to No. 17 and St. Mary’s losing and falling to No. 20. That’s two spots, and UVa only moved up one spot because West Virginia jumped the Cavaliers, moving from No. 15 to No. 12. The rest of the teams ahead of UVa and WVU stayed the exact same.

Associated Press Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (56) 10-0 1,613
2 UCLA (3) 10-0 1,505
3 Kansas 9-1 1,455
4 Baylor (6) 8-0 1,439
5 Duke 10-1 1,391
6 Kentucky 9-1 1,277
7 North Carolina 10-1 1,222
8 Gonzaga 10-0 1,195
9 Indiana 8-1 1,124
10 Creighton 10-0 1,043
11 Louisville 9-1 981
12 West Virginia 8-1 864
13 Virginia 8-1 848
14 Wisconsin 9-2 779
15 Purdue 8-2 652
16 South Carolina 8-0 598
17 Xavier 8-2 526
18 Butler 9-1 492
19 Arizona 8-2 436
20 Saint Mary's 7-1 391
21 Notre Dame 9-1 310
22 Oregon 8-2 251
23 Florida State 10-1 227
24 USC 9-0 158
25 Cincinnati 7-2 155

Others Receiving Votes: Florida 44, Wichita St. 33, Virginia Tech 32, Maryland 31, Valparaiso 9, TCU 8, Middle Tennessee 7, Minnesota 6, Miami 6, Kansas St 4, UCF 2, Michigan St. 2, Syracuse 2, Ohio St. 2, Pittsburgh 2, Clemson 1, Loyola of Chicago 1, Iowa St. 1

The Coaches’ Poll was not as friendly to the Cavaliers as UVa stayed at No. 12 this week. Louisville jumped UVa from No. 13 to No. 11, but there was not much change in the Top 12 of the Poll. Baylor and UNC changed spots, presumably because the Tar Heels struggled against Tennessee on Sunday.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (28) 10-0 796
2 UCLA (2) 10-0 750
3 Kansas (1) 9-1 712
4 Duke (1) 10-1 690
5 Baylor 8-0 657
6 North Carolina 10-1 634
7 Kentucky 9-1 628
8 Gonzaga 10-0 602
9 Indiana 8-1 534
10 Creighton 10-0 526
11 Louisville 9-1 449
12 Virginia 8-1 432
13 West Virginia 8-1 423
14 Wisconsin 9-2 346
15 South Carolina 8-0 320
16 Purdue 8-2 305
17 Xavier 8-2 258
18 Butler 9-1 257
19 Arizona 8-2 220
20 Saint Mary's 7-1 192
21 Notre Dame 9-1 180
22 Oregon 8-2 122
23 Florida State 10-1 61
23 Cincinnati 7-2 61
25 USC 9-0 51

Others Receiving Votes: Florida 48; Wichita State 29; Maryland 23; Syracuse 16; Virginia Tech 14; Miami (Fla.) 13; Michigan State 9; Oklahoma State 7; Arkansas 7; California 7; Colorado 5; Iowa State 4; Michigan 3; Middle Tennessee 3; TCU 2; Texas A&M 2; Texas-Arlington 1; Minnesota 1.

UVa returns to the hardwood this weekend against Robert Morris.