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Virginia moves up one spot to No. 3 in latest AP Poll

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Tennessee takes over the top spot for the second time in school history.

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

Virginia’s last regular season loss resulted in the Hoos moving up in the poll. Well, the same happened this year as the Cavaliers moved up one spot to No. 3 after dropping a game at Duke. It was the Hoos’ first loss of the season, but followed a definitive 22-point win over then-No. 9 Virginia Tech.

Tennessee became the fourth team to claim the No. 1 spot this season, with Duke dropping to No. 2 (they also lost to Syracuse this week before the win over UVA). Gonzaga moved up to No. 4, followed by No. 5 Michigan.

The ACC tied the SEC this week with six teams in the poll, led by the Blue Devils and Cavaliers. No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 21 NC State, and No. 23 Louisville also represented the conference in this week’s rankings.

Virginia’s win over Maryland is looking better and better as the Terps moved up to No. 13.

Here’s the full poll:

AP Poll - Week 12

Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
1 Tennessee SEC 16-1 3
2 Duke ACC 15-2 1
3 Virginia ACC 16-1 4
4 Gonzaga West Coast 18-2 5
5 Michigan Big Ten 17-1 2
6 Michigan State Big Ten 16-2 6
7 Nevada Mountain West 18-1 10
8 Kentucky SEC 14-3 12
9 Kansas Big 12 15-3 7
10 Virginia Tech ACC 15-2 9
11 North Carolina ACC 14-4 13
12 Marquette Big East 16-3 15
13 Maryland Big Ten 16-3 19
14 Texas Tech Big 12 15-3 8
15 Buffalo Mid-American 17-1 16
16 Auburn SEC 13-4 14
17 Houston AAC 18-1 21
18 Villanova Big East 14-4 22
19 Iowa Big Ten 16-3 23
20 Mississippi SEC 14-3 18
21 NC State ACC 15-3 17
22 Mississippi State SEC 14-3 24
23 Louisville ACC 13-5 NR
24 Iowa State Big 12 14-4 NR
25 LSU SEC 14-3 NR