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Virginia basketball breaks into AP poll at #18

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Big win at the NIT Season Tip-Off propels the Hoos into the Top 25.

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The Virginia men’s basketball team broke into the rankings this week, coming in at #18 in the AP poll.

Virginia was not ranked in the polls for the preseason or the first two weeks of the season, breaking a 63-week streak dating back to 2014. Virginia did appear in last week’s Coaches Poll at #25. The Hoos are joined in this week’s rankings by ACC teams Duke (#1), Notre Dame (#5), Miami (#10), North Carolina (#13), and Louisville (#17). Future non-conference opponent West Virginia (#19) also earned a spot in the rankings.

The Hoos are one of five teams, along with Arizona State, Texas Tech, TCU, and Creighton, that joined the rankings this week after being unranked last week.

Check out the full rankings below.

AP Poll: Week 4

Rank Team Record Conference Previous Rank
Rank Team Record Conference Previous Rank
1 Duke 8-0 ACC 1
2 Kansas 5-0 Big 12 3
3 Michigan State 5-1 Big Ten 4
4 Villanova 6-0 Big East 5
5 Notre Dame 6-0 ACC 13
6 Florida 5-1 SEC 7
7 Kentucky 6-1 SEC 8
8 Wichita State 4-1 AAC 6
9 Texas A&M 6-0 SEC 16
10 Miami (FL) 5-0 ACC 11
11 Cincnnati 6-0 AAC 12
12 Minnesota 7-0 Big Ten 14
13 North Carolina 5-1 ACC 9
14 Southern Callifornia 4-1 Pac-12 10
15 Gonzaga 5-1 West Coast 17
16 Baylor 5-0 Big 12 22
17 Louisville 4-0 ACC 19
18 Virginia 6-0 ACC NR
19 West Virginia 6-1 Big 12 23
20 Arizona State 6-0 Pac-12 NR
21 Xavier 5-1 Big East 15
22 Texas Tech 6-0 Big 12 NR
23 TCU 6-0 Big 12 NR
24 Alabama 5-1 SEC 25
25 Creighton 5-1 Big East NR

Next up, the Hoos face Wisconsin in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge tonight at 9pm on ESPN2.