For the first time since early January, the Virginia Cavaliers are ranked in the AP Poll. The Hoos come in at No. 22 this week, ending a 7-week absence for the reigning national champs. Virginia is the hottest team in the ACC and one of the hottest in the country as the Hoos are in the midst of a six-game winning streak. The Hoos have also won nine of their last 10 games, dating back to January 26th’s win over Wake Forest.
Virginia took down then-No. 7 Duke (now No. 12) on Saturday afternoon behind big man Jay Huff’s near triple-double with 15 points, 10 blocks (a career-high), and nine rebounds.
Here are the fun highlights:
Virginia is one of four ACC teams ranked this week with Florida State at No. 7, Louisville at No. 10, and Duke at No. 12. The Hoos have a Wednesday game at Miami before closing the regular season with a rematch against Louisville.
The Big Ten led all conferences with an absurd eight teams ranked.
Kansas stayed No. 1 for the second straight week, followed by No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 Dayton. Baylor, which lost to unranked TCU, dropped to No. 4. San Diego State rounded out the top-5 at No. 5.
Here is the full poll from this week:
AP Poll - Week 18
|5||San Diego State||Mountain West||5|
|8||Seton Hall||Big East||13|
|16||Michigan State||Big Ten||24|
|19||Ohio State||Big Ten||23|
|20||Penn State||Big Ten||16|