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Virginia Men’s Basketball falls to No. 16 in latest AP Poll

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Lowest showing for the Hoos in the polls for two years.

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The Virginia Cavaliers fell seven spots to No. 16 in the AP Poll this week after the Hoos fell at home to South Carolina. Virginia is now 9-2 on the season and is one of four ACC teams ranked this week. It’s the lowest rank for the Cavaliers since December 11, 2017, when they were also No. 16.

Gonzaga took over the top spot, becoming the sixth team this season to occupy the No. 1 position. Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, Louisville, and Kansas have all been No. 1 this season, with the Jayhawks being the latest to fall. Their loss to Villanova dropped them to No. 5 and propelled the Wildcats to No. 10.

Only Iowa joined the party this week as Tennessee fell out of the rankings. The Big Ten led all conferences with six teams ranked.

Here is the full poll:

AP Poll - Week 8

Rank Team Conference Previous Rank
Rank Team Conference Previous Rank
1 Gonzaga WCC 2
2 Ohio State Big Ten 5
3 Louisville ACC 3
4 Duke ACC 4
5 Kansas Big 12 1
6 Oregon Pac-12 8
7 Baylor Big 12 10
8 Auburn SEC 12
9 Memphis AAC 11
10 Villanova Big East 18
11 Michigan Big Ten 14
12 Butler Big East 17
13 Maryland Big Ten 7
14 Michigan State Big Ten 15
15 San Diego State Mountain West 20
16 Virginia ACC 9
17 Florida State ACC 19
18 Dayton A-10 13
19 Kentucky SEC 6
20 Penn State Big Ten 23
21 Washington Pac-12 22
22 West Virginia Big 12 25
23 Texas Tech Big 12 24
24 Arizona Pac-12 16
25 Iowa Big Ten NR
Also Receiving Votes: Wichita State 112, Colorado 79, Xavier 68, DePaul 54, Indiana 45, Liberty 40, Utah State 36, Saint Mary’s 29, Marquette 28, Tennessee 24, Northern Iowa 23, Creighton 12, Purdue 11, Georgetown 9, Stanford 7, BYU 4, St. John’s 4, Virginia Tech 3, Seton Hall 2, East Tennessee State 1, Yale 1