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Virginia Basketball climbs to No. 7 in latest AP Poll

Hoos are the lowest ranked ACC team. At No. 7.

NCAA Basketball: Columbia at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers are 3-0 and have moved up two spots in the AP Poll to No. 7. Virginia has the best defense in the county by just about every measure as the Hoos are giving up an average of 36.7 points per game and allowing opponents to shoot just 41-for-164 (25%) from the field. That’s right. The Hoos have only allowed 41 field goals through three games, all the while forcing 42 total turnovers. Their defense is No. 1 on KenPom, and the Virginia boasts the best block rate (22.9%) in the country.

The Hoos are one of four ACC teams, all of which are in the top seven nationally. Duke leads the way this week at No. 1 thanks to Kentucky’s loss to Evansville earlier in the week. Louisville comes in second this week, with the North Carolina Tar Heels jumping one spot to No. 5.

The SEC and Pac-12 also each have four teams in the Top 25, but no conference has as much of a stranglehold as the ACC.

AP Poll - Week 2

Rank Team Conference Previous Rank
Rank Team Conference Previous Rank
1 Duke ACC 2
2 Louisville ACC 4
3 Michigan State Big Ten 3
4 Kansas Big 12 5
5 North Carolina ACC 6
6 Maryland Big Ten 7
7 Virginia ACC 9
8 Gonzaga WCC 8
9 Kentucky SEC 1
10 Ohio State Big Ten 16
11 Oregon Pac-12 14
12 Texas Tech Big 12 11
13 Seton Hall Big East 12
14 Arizona Pac-12 19
15 Utah State MWC 17
16 Memphis AAC 13
17 Villanova Big East 10
18 Xavier Big East 21
19 Auburn SEC 22
20 Tennessee SEC NR
21 VCU A-10 NR
22 Texas Tech Big 12 NR
23 Colorado Pac-12 25
24 Baylor Big 12 24
25 Washington Pac-12 20
Others receiving votes: Florida St. 91, Florida 67, LSU 61, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 55, Evansville 43, Oklahoma 29, Vermont 11, Michigan 11, Marquette 11, Purdue 11, Butler 10, Mississippi St. 9, Virginia Tech 7, West Virginia 6, Providence 5, Wisconsin 5, Liberty 4, Arkansas 3, Missouri 2, UConn 2, Southern Cal 2, New Mexico 2, San Diego St. 2, Dayton 1.

Virginia will have their hands full on Tuesday night as they take on Vermont. Anthony Lamb is an outstanding player, and the America East team garnered 11 votes in this week’s poll. Game is set for a 7pm tip and will air on Regional Sports Networks.