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Virginia jumps one spot in AP Poll despite program pause

Hopefully the Hoos are back in action this week.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Towson David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers haven’t taken the court since taking down Kent State in overtime on December 4. That didn’t stop the 3-1 Hoos from moving up one spot to No. 17 in this week’s AP Poll, however. Virginia has been on a pause since December 8 due to COVID-19 issues within the program, causing games against Michigan State and William and Mary to be postponed.

There have not been any updates from the program about when they’ll start back up, but Virginia is still scheduled to face No. 7 Villanova on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Virginia Tech, Richmond, and Arizona State all fell out of this week’s rankings, making room for three new teams. Missouri made the biggest splash as a newcomer, jumping in at No. 16 with a 5-0 record, including a win over an Illinois team that just dominated Duke. Clemson climbed in at No. 24, followed by Michigan at No. 25.

The top-5 didn’t change with No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Baylor, No. 3 Iowa, No. 4 Michigan State, and No. 5 Kansas staying put. The ranked ACC teams didn’t fare well in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, leading to Duke and North Carolina falling to No. 21 and No. 22, respectively. Florida State jumped up five spots to No. 15, and Louisville slid up two spots to No. 23 to round out the six ranked ACC squads.

Seven Big Ten squads were ranked this week, followed by the ACC with six and the Big 12 with five.

Check out the full poll:

AP Poll - Week 4

Rank School Conference Previous
Rank School Conference Previous
1 Gonzaga WCC 1
2 Baylor Big 12 2
3 Iowa Big Ten 3
4 Michigan State Big Ten 4
5 Kansas Big 12 5
6 Houston AAC 7
7 Villanova Big East 9
8 West Virginia Big 12 11
9 Creighton Big East 8
10 Tennessee SEC 12
11 Texas Big 12 13
12 Wisconsin Big Ten 13
13 Illinois Big Ten 6
14 Texas Tech Big 12 17
15 Florida State ACC 20
16 Missouri SEC NR
17 Virginia ACC 18
18 San Diego State MWC 24
19 Rutgers Big Ten 21
20 Ohio State Big Ten 22
21 Duke ACC 10
22 North Carolina ACC 16
23 Louisville ACC 25
24 Clemson ACC NR
25 Michigan Big Ten NR
Also Receiving Votes: Richmond 140, Saint Louis 121, Virginia Tech 115, Xavier 55, Oklahoma State 48, Oregon 31, Indiana 22, Florida 18, Arizona State 13, UCLA 9, Connecticut 7, Arizona 5, Syracuse 4, Georgia 4, Arkansas 4, SMU 1, Minnesota 1