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Virginia moves back up to No. 3 in latest AP Poll

Duke back at No. 1 after Tennessee falls at Kentucky.

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After one week at No. 4, the Virginia Cavaliers returned to the No. 3 position in the latest AP Poll. Duke took over the top spot after then-No. 1 Tennessee fell in a lopsided game at Kentucky over the weekend. Gonzaga moved up to No. 2, and Kentucky and Tennessee round out the top five at No. 4 and No. 5.

Virginia picked up a big road win at No. 8 North Carolina and held off the plucky Fighting Irish this week.

The Vols were at No. 1 for a program-record four weeks before dropping their second game of the season. Duke had a dramatic week, coming back from 23-points down in the second half to Louisville and beating NC State at Cameron Indoor.

The ACC has six teams ranked once again, including No. 20 Virginia Tech, who the Hoos play tonight at 7pm. No. 8 North Carolina, No. 16 Florida State, and No. 18 Louisville were also ranked this week. Virginia will travel to see the Cardinals on Saturday, marking the third back-to-back ranked matchup stretch for the Hoos in conference this season.

The Big Ten also had six teams in the rankings this week, including two teams Virginia beat in the non-conference this season in No. 22 Wisconsin and No. 24 Maryland.

Check out the full poll below:

AP Poll - Week 16

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