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Virginia returns to the rankings at No. 22 in the AP Poll

First time ranked for the Hoos since early January.

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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

Rank Team Conference Previous Rank
Rank Team Conference Previous Rank
1 Kansas Big 12 1
2 Gonzaga WCC 3
3 Dayton A-10 4
4 Baylor Big 12 2
5 San Diego State Mountain West 5
6 Kentucky SEC 8
7 Florida State ACC 6
8 Seton Hall Big East 13
9 Maryland Big Ten 9
10 Louisville ACC 11
11 Creighton Big East 10
12 Duke ACC 7
13 Oregon Pac-12 14
14 Villanova Big East 12
15 BYU WCC 17
16 Michigan State Big Ten 24
17 Auburn SEC 15
18 Iowa Big Ten 18
19 Ohio State Big Ten 23
20 Penn State Big Ten 16
21 Houston AAC 25
22 Virginia ACC NR
23 Illinois Big Ten NR
24 Wisconsin Big Ten NR
25 Michigan Big Ten 19
Others receiving votes: Butler 68, UCLA 54, Stephen F. Austin 47, East Tennessee State 31, West Virginia 22, Providence 17, Colorado 13, Marquette 12, Arizona 9, Texas Tech 9, Northern Iowa 4, Oklahoma 4, Stanford 4, Arizona State 4, Wichita State 2, Saint Mary’s 2, LSU 2, New Mexico State 2, USC 1, Belmont 1, Vermont 1