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AP Poll Released: The Virginia Cavaliers are the top-ranked team in the country

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THE HOOS ARE ON TOP OF THE WORLD!

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

The AP Poll has been released and for the first time since December 1982, the Virginia Cavaliers are the top-ranked team in the country. After a crazy week and weekend that saw approximately a billion of the top 25 teams lose, including a big Villanova loss to St. John’s, Virginia has overtaken Villanova for the top spot in the country, while the Wildcats fell to No. 3.

Michigan State vaulted to 2nd after defeating previously-No. 3 Purdue. The Boilermakers dropped two games last week to ranked teams (Ohio State being the other) and fell all the way down to No. 6.

Xavier and Cincinnati round out the top five in the poll. Clemson overtook Duke, jumping up five spots from 16th to 11th, while Duke fell from ninth to 12th. North Carolina is the only other ACC team in the polls, checking in at No. 14, up from 21st after defeating Duke last Thursday.

This is the 13th week all-time that Virginia is ranked No. 1 in the country. The overtime loss to Virginia Tech appears not to have blemished Virginia’s otherwise perfect record, as the Hoos were also named the overall No. 1 seed yesterday by the NCAA Selection Committee.

The full AP Poll is below.

Week 15 AP Poll

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