Virginia’s upward trend in the AP Poll continues as the Hoos climbed five spots from No. 18 to No. 13 after their dominating road win over Clemson. The Cavaliers are currently alone atop the ACC with a 5-0 record and hold a 9-2 record overall. At Clemson, Virginia shot 61% from the field and 56% from three as five players hit double-digits for the third time in four games. This is the highest the Cavaliers have been in the rankings since they fell to No. 15 following their loss to San Francisco in November.
The Hoos won’t play again until Saturday after Wednesday’s matchup against NC State was postponed due to COVID issues for the Wolfpack.
This week’s poll is a historic one as it is the first to feature no North Carolina, Duke, or Kentucky since 1961.
Historic AP Poll this week.— Bryan Ives (@awaytoworthy) January 18, 2021
No North Carolina or Duke for the first time since the week of Dec. 27, 1982 (702 straight polls)
No North Carolina, Duke or Kentucky for the first time since the week of Dec. 18, 1961 (1,043 straight polls)
Louisville joined Duke as the only other team to fall out of the rankings this week (go ACC!), leaving room for Alabama and UCLA to join the party. There were only three ACC teams ranked this week, with No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 20 Clemson joining the Cavaliers.
Unsurprisingly, the Big Ten still leads all conferences with six teams ranked, but the Big 12 is right on their heels with five teams ranked this week. There was very little movement at the top of the poll as Gonzaga, Baylor, and Villanova stayed put as the top three, respectively. Iowa, now No. 4, swapped places with Texas, which fell to No. 5. Tennessee, Michigan, Houston, Kansas, and Wisconsin round out the top 10.
Here is the full poll:
AP Poll - Week 9
|12||Texas Tech||Big 12||15|
|14||West Virginia||Big 12||13|
|15||Ohio State||Big Ten||21|
|25||Saint Louis||Atlantic 10||24|