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Virginia drops two spots to No. 6 in latest AP Poll despite a perfect 9-0 record

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Kansas is the new No. 1, followed by Duke and Tennessee.

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The Virginia Cavaliers stayed perfect on the season with a gritty win over VCU yesterday to improve to 9-0, and yet the Hoos dropped two spots to No. 6 in the latest AP Poll. There was significant movement at the top of the polls as Kansas took over the No. 1 spot after Gonzaga lost to Tennessee. Duke moved up to No. 2, and Tennessee leapfrogged from No. 7 to No. 4 with the win. Gonzaga fell to No. 4, and Michigan stayed put at No. 5.

Virginia falling a couple spots isn’t wholly surprising with a weak strength of schedule coupled with an ugly win over VCU. The top seven teams could feasibly fall in any order and make sense, but the Hoos will have plenty of opportunities to improve their spot in the AP Poll (if that’s something that matters to you).

With Syracuse re-joining the fray at No. 25 and Maryland and Nebraska dropping out of the rankings, the ACC retook control of the poll with six teams represented. Duke (No. 2), Virginia (No. 6), Florida State (No. 10), North Carolina (No. 12), and Virginia Tech (No. 13) all joined Syracuse in the poll. The Big Ten and SEC both had five teams ranked this week.

Kentucky, which lost to Seton Hall, dropped 10 spots to No. 19 while undefeated Buffalo climbed to No. 14. Eight of the nine undefeated teams left in the country are ranked, with just St. John’s (9-0) left out.

Check out the full poll below:

AP Poll - Week 6

Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
1 Kansas Big 12 8-0 2
2 Duke ACC 9-1 3
3 Tennessee SEC 7-1 7
4 Gonzaga West Coast 9-1 1
5 Michigan Big Ten 10-0 5
6 Virginia ACC 9-0 4
7 Nevada Mountain West 10-0 6
8 Auburn SEC 8-1 8
9 Michigan State Big Ten 8-2 10
10 Florida State ACC 8-1 11
11 Texas Tech Big 12 8-0 13
12 North Carolina ACC 7-2 14
13 Virginia Tech ACC 8-1 15
14 Buffalo Mid-American 9-0 17
15 Ohio State Big Ten 8-1 19
16 Wisconsin Big Ten 8-2 12
17 Villanova Big East 8-2 21
18 Mississippi State SEC 8-1 22
19 Kentucky SEC 7-2 9
20 Arizona State Pac-12 7-1 20
21 Marquette Big East 8-2 NR
22 Iowa Big Ten 7-2 18
23 Furman Southern 10-0 25
24 Houston AAC 8-0 NR
25 Syracuse ACC 7-2 NR
Others receiving votes:Nebraska 115, Maryland 105, Oklahoma 82, Cincinnati 73, St. John’s 57, Purdue 40, NC State 26, Iowa St. 19, TCU 13, San Francisco 5, UCLA 3, Minnesota 2, Butler 2, Davidson 1, Florida 1, NJIT 1, Seton Hall 1, Texas 1.