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Virginia stays at No. 2 in the latest AP Poll, but get more first place votes

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The ACC has three top-5 teams.

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After a week with two convincing wins over two of the weaker teams in the ACC, the Virginia Cavaliers stayed put at No. 2 in the latest AP Poll. Gonzaga held on to the top spot, and got 42 first place votes (down two from last week). The Hoos got 21 first place votes, up from 15 in Week 17. One voter had Duke first.

North Carolina moved up to No. 3, with No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Tennessee rounding out the top five. Kentucky, Michigan, Texas Tech, Michigan State, and LSU complete the top-10.

The ACC and Big Ten tied this week with five teams ranked, followed by three for the SEC, AAC, and Big 12. Washington — the Pac-12’s lone ranked team — fell out of the rankings this week after an embarrassing loss to Cal, and Iowa dropped out after losing badly to Ohio State and Rutgers.

Florida State (No. 14) and Virginia Tech (No. 15) joined the Cavaliers, Tar Heels, and Blue Devils in the rankings. Louisville, Virginia’s Saturday opponent, was also receiving votes.

Here’s the full poll:

AP Poll - Week 18

Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
Rank Team Conference Record Previous Week
1 Gonzaga West Coast 29-2 1
2 Virginia ACC 26-2 2
3 North Carolina ACC 24-5 5
4 Duke ACC 25-4 3
5 Tennessee SEC 26-3 7
6 Kentucky SEC 24-5 4
7 Michigan Big Ten 26-4 9
8 Texas Tech Big 12 24-5 11
9 Michigan State Big Ten 23-6 6
10 LSU SEC 24-5 13
11 Purdue Big Ten 22-7 14
12 Houston AAC 27-2 8
13 Kansas Big 12 22-7 15
14 Florida State ACC 23-6 18
15 Virginia Tech ACC 22-6 20
16 Marquette Big East 23-6 10
17 Nevada Mountain West 26-3 12
18 Kansas State Big 12 22-7 16
19 Buffalo Mid-American 26-3 21
20 Cincinnati AAC 25-4 23
21 Wisconsin Big Ten 20-9 19
22 Wofford Southern 26-4 24
23 Villanova Big East 22-8 NR
24 Maryland Big Ten 21-9 17
25 UCF AAC 22-6 NR
Others receiving votes: Auburn 43, Mississippi St. 25, Iowa St. 21, Utah St. 17, VCU 14, Washington 14, Louisville 12, New Mexico St. 8, Baylor 7, Belmont 7, Old Dominion 3.