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Virginia stays at No. 2 in latest AP Poll, but earns 17 first place votes

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Hoos win over more voters after a huge week with two top 20 wins.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

After a huge week that included a 61-36 drubbing of No. 18 Clemson and a 65-63 road victory over No. 4 Duke at Cameron Indoor, the Virginia Cavaliers stayed steady in the AP Poll.

It’s hard to move up too much when you’re No. 2.

The Hoos stayed put thanks to a 2-0 week by the reigning No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (20-1, 7-1 Big East) and are sandwiched on the other side by the No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers (21-2, 10-0 Big Ten). This is the third straight week with the Wildcats, Hoos, and Boilermakers taking the top three spots.

Duke didn’t drop after losing to Virginia, staying at No. 4. Michigan State moved up one spot to No. 5 to round out the top five.

Xavier, Kansas, Cincinnati, Arizona, and Texas Tech complete the top ten.

Virginia’s one loss this season came against West Virginia, who have now lost four of their last five games and fell to No. 15 this week after losing to Kentucky. The Wildcats (the Kentucky version) spent just one week out of the poll and are back in at No. 21 this week.

The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, and SEC all have four teams represented this week. North Carolina (16-6, 5-4 ACC) dropped to No. 19 after losing at home to NC State, and Clemson fell just two spots to No. 20 after losing to Virginia and beating Georgia Tech on the road.

Check out the full poll below:

AP Poll Week 13

Rank Team Record Conference Previous Rank
Rank Team Record Conference Previous Rank
1 Villanova 20-1 Big East 1
2 Virginia 20-1 ACC 2
3 Purdue 21-2 Big Ten 3
4 Duke 18-3 ACC 4
5 Michigan State 20-3 Big Ten 6
6 Xavier 19-3 Big East 8
7 Kansas 17-4 Big 12 5
8 Cincinnati 19-2 AAC 9
9 Arizona 18-4 Pac-12 11
10 Texas Tech 17-4 Big 12 14
11 Auburn 19-2 SEC 19
12 Oklahoma 15-5 Big 12 12
13 Saint Mary's 21-2 West Coast 16
14 Gonzaga 19-4 West Coast 15
15 West Virginia 16-5 Big 12 7
16 Wichita State 17-4 AAC 17
17 Ohio State 18-5 Big Ten 13
18 Tennessee 15-5 SEC 22
19 North Carolina 16-6 ACC 10
20 Clemson 17-4 ACC 18
21 Kentucky 16-5 SEC NR
22 Rhode Island 17-3 A-10 24
23 Florida 15-6 SEC 20
24 Michigan 17-6 Big Ten 25
25 Arizona State 16-5 Pac-12 21