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Week 5 NCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings: Virginia Drops Due to Loss

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NCAA Basketball: St. Joseph at Villanova Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

After losing their first home out of conference game in nearly three years, the Cavaliers took a pretty hefty drop in the polls. Fortunately for the Cavaliers, Kentucky and North Carolina, both ranked ahead of UVa last week, fell to ranked opponents as well. Villanova and UCLA were the beneficiaries those two losses with Nova jumping to No. 1 in the AP, and all but 8 of the first-place votes, and UCLA vaulting from No. 2 from 11 after beating UK in Lexington.

In the AP poll, the loss dropped the Cavaliers to No. 14, their lowest ranking since being ranked No. 14 in Week 16 of the 2013-14 season. That team, of course, nearly won out the regular season, won the ACC Tournament, and was a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Associated Press Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (57) 8-0 1,613
2 UCLA (2) 9-0 1,478
3 Kansas 7-1 1,458
4 Baylor (6) 8-0 1,437
5 Duke 8-1 1,389
6 Kentucky 7-1 1,274
7 North Carolina 8-1 1,234
8 Gonzaga 8-0 1,198
9 Indiana 7-1 1,103
10 Creighton 8-0 1,003
11 Louisville 7-1 901
12 Saint Mary's 6-0 899
13 Xavier 7-1 784
14 Virginia 7-1 758
15 West Virginia 6-1 729
16 Butler 8-0 691
17 Wisconsin 7-2 655
18 Purdue 6-2 485
19 South Carolina 8-0 476
20 Arizona 6-2 320
21 Florida 7-1 285
22 Cincinnati 7-1 258
23 Notre Dame 8-0 197
24 Oregon 7-2 175
25 Iowa State 5-2 95
Others Receiving Votes: Syracuse 45, Southern Cal 43, Ohio St. 40, TCU 33, Florida St. 18, Virginia Tech 11, California 10, Maryland 9, Valparaiso 7, Wichita St. 5, Temple 3, Michigan St. 3, Minnesota 1, IPFW 1, UNC Wilmington 1

The Coaches’ Poll did not do the Cavaliers any favor either, dropping them from No. 6 to No. 12. The fall also matches Kentucky’s from No. 1 to No. 7. The No. 12 ranking is UVa’s highest in the Coaches’ Poll since a No. 12 ranking in Week 12 of last season.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS Prev
1 Villanova(28) 8-0 796 2
2 UCLA(1) 9-0 715 9
3 Kansas(1) 7-1 709 5
4 Duke(2) 8-1 700 4
5 North Carolina 8-1 636 3
6 Baylor 8-0 629 11
7 Kentucky 7-1 620 1
8 Gonzaga 8-0 607 8
9 Indiana 7-1 528 10
10 Creighton 8-0 494 12
11 St. Mary's 6-0 434 13
12 Virginia 7-1 421 6
13 Louisville 7-1 396 14
14 Xavier 7-1 392 7
15 Butler 8-0 349 18
16 West Virginia 6-1 315 19
17 Wisconsin 7-2 270 17
18 South Carolina 8-0 261 23
19 Purdue 6-2 245 16
20 Arizona 6-2 178 15
21 Florida 7-1 121 26
22 Notre Dame 8-0 111 27
23 Cincinnati 7-1 107 30
24 Oregon 7-2 91 20
25 Iowa St. 5-2 64 21

Others Receiving Votes: Syracuse 48; Maryland 42; TCU 21; Southern California 15; Ohio State 14; Rhode Island 11; Texas A&M 8; Oklahoma State 7; Florida State 7; Colorado 7; Virginia Tech 7; Arkansas 6; California 6; Wichita State 5; Michigan State 4; IP-Fort Wayne 1; Central Florida 1; Valparaiso 1.