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Virginia bumps up to No. 2 after picking up two ranked road wins

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Gonzaga takes over the top spot from Duke after the Blue Devils’ loss to UNC.

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The Virginia Cavaliers did something never done before in the ACC this week as the Hoos picked up a record-setting fifth road win over a top-25 ranked team and jumped up one spot to No. 2 the latest AP Poll as a result. Gonzaga took over the No. 1 ranking from Duke, which slipped to No. 3 after their Zion-less loss to North Carolina on Wednesday. The Zags got 44 first place votes, the Cavaliers 15, Blue Devils three, and Kentucky got two.

Gonzaga’s conference is not as strong as the ACC — the second best team in the WCC is KenPom 34 St. Mary’s — but the Bulldogs have a win over Duke this season and have been beating their opponents by an average of 32 points in their current 18-game win streak.

Kentucky stayed at No. 4, and North Carolina moved up to No. 5 after wins over Duke and Florida State.

The ACC was second with five ranked teams as No. 18 Florida State and No. 20 Virginia Tech joined the three top-five squads in the poll this week. Louisville fell out of the rankings after losses to Syracuse and Virginia. The Big Ten led the poll this week with six ranked teams, including No. 17 Maryland and No. 19 Wisconsin that the Hoos triumphed over in the non-conference this season.

Here’s the full poll:

AP Poll - Week 17

Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
1 Gonzaga West Coast 27-2 2
2 Virginia ACC 24-2 3
3 Duke ACC 24-3 1
4 Kentucky SEC 23-4 4
5 North Carolina ACC 22-5 8
6 Michigan State Big Ten 23-5 10
7 Tennessee SEC 24-3 5
8 Houston AAC 26-1 9
9 Michigan Big Ten 24-4 7
10 Marquette Big East 23-4 11
11 Texas Tech Big 12 22-5 14
12 Nevada Mountain West 25-2 6
13 LSU SEC 22-5 13
14 Purdue Big Ten 20-7 15
15 Kansas Big 12 20-7 12
16 Kansas State Big 12 21-6 23
17 Maryland Big Ten 21-7 24
18 Florida State ACC 21-6 16
19 Wisconsin Big Ten 19-8 22
20 Virginia Tech ACC 21-6 20
21 Buffalo Mid-American 24-3 25
22 Iowa Big Ten 21-6 21
23 Cincinnati AAC 23-4 NR
24 Wofford Southern 24-4 NR
25 Washington Pac-12 22-5 NR
Others receiving votes: Louisville 90, Villanova 63, Iowa St. 58, Mississippi St. 28, Auburn 16, Baylor 10, VCU 4, Old Dominion 2, New Mexico St. 1.