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Virginia climbs to No. 13 in latest AP Poll

Big win over Clemson moves the Cavaliers up!

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

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.

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

Rank School Conference Previous
Rank School Conference Previous
1 Gonzaga WCC 1
2 Baylor Big 12 2
3 Villanova Big East 3
4 Iowa Big Ten 5
5 Texas Big 12 4
6 Tennessee SEC 10
7 Michigan Big Ten 7
8 Houston AAC 11
9 Kansas Big 12 6
10 Wisconsin Big Ten 9
11 Creighton Big East 8
12 Texas Tech Big 12 15
13 Virginia ACC 18
14 West Virginia Big 12 13
15 Ohio State Big Ten 21
16 Virginia Tech ACC 20
17 Minnesota Big Ten 23
18 Alabama SEC NR
19 Missouri SEC 17
20 Clemson ACC 12
21 Oregon Pac-12 22
22 Illinois Big Ten 14
23 Connecticut Big East 25
24 UCLA Pac-12 NR
25 Saint Louis Atlantic 10 24
Also Receiving Votes: Louisville 155, Colorado 148, Oklahoma State 119, Florida State 112, USC 74, Duke 43, Drake 42, LSU 20, Boise State 15, Xavier 7, Belmont 5, Michigan State 3, Winthrop 3, Toledo 2, Utah State 1, Purdue 1