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Virginia Basketball moves into top 10 in AP Poll

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NCAA Basketball: Hampton at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers got a nice gift from the Associated Press voters this Christmas afternoon. They’re back in the top 10 of the AP poll for the first time since last January, as UVA has moved up four spots in this week’s Top 25 poll.

The Hoos soundly beat Savannah State last Tuesday and Hampton on Friday to round out the non-conference schedule at 11-1.

The top four teams in the ranking - Villanova, Michigan State, Arizona State, and Duke - held steady. North Carolina , Miami, Kentucky, and Gonzaga all fell out of the top 12 from last Monday’s poll after losing to Wofford, New Mexico State, UCLA, and San Diego State, respectively.

The lone other ranked ACC team is Florida State, who stayed at No. 24.

The full rankings:

AP Poll: Week 8

Rank Team Record Conference Previous Rank
Rank Team Record Conference Previous Rank
1 Villanova 12-0 Big East 1
2 Michigan State 12-1 Big Ten 2
3 Arizona State 12-0 Pac-12 3
4 Duke 12-1 ACC 4
5 Texas A&M 11-1 SEC 8
6 Xavier 12-1 Big East 9
7 West Virginia 9-1 Big 12 10
8 Wichita State 10-2 AAC 11
9 Virginia 11-1 ACC 13
10 TCU 12-0 Big 12 15
11 Kansas 10-2 Big 12 14
12 Oklahoma 10-1 Big 12 17
13 North Carolina 11-2 ACC 5
14 Purdue 12-2 Big Ten 16
15 Miami 10-1 ACC 6
16 Kentucky 9-2 SEC 7
17 Arizona 10-3 Pac-12 18
18 Baylor 10-2 Big 12 18
19 Tennessee 9-2 SEC 21
20 Gonzaga 10-3 West Coast 12
21 Cincinnati 11-2 AAC 20
22 Texas Tech 11-1 Big 12 21
23 Seton Hall 11-2 Big East 23
24 Florida State 11-1 ACC 24
25 Creighton 10-2 Big East 25