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
|2||Michigan State||24-3||Big Ten||4|
|7||Texas Tech||21-4||Big 12||7|
|8||Ohio State||22-5||Big Ten||14|
|15||Saint Mary's||24-3||West Coast||11|
|20||West Virginia||18-7||Big 12||19|