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Virginia back into the top-10 at No. 9 in latest AP Poll

Hoos face toughest stretch of the season coming up.

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For the first time since 1961, there is no Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State, or Kansas (or UCLA!) in the AP Poll. The Jayhawks, now 12-7 on the season, have lost five of their last seven games and fell out of the rankings this week as a result. It’s the first time in 231 weeks that Kansas is unranked, a streak that dates back to 2009.

Gonzaga and Baylor held on to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, but the Bears picked up five first-place votes from the Zags between last week’s poll and this one.

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Virginia moved up five spots after wins over NC State and Pittsburgh, jumping into the top-10 yet again at No. 9. The Hoos have a brutal stretch coming up with road games at Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Duke, and a home game against UNC in the next four games. Virginia is still the top-ranked ACC team, with No. 17 Florida State and No. 18 Virginia Tech also ranked.

UCLA, Florida, Kansas, and Drake all fell out of the rankings, making room for USC, Loyola Chicago, Oklahoma State, and Rutgers. With Rutgers joining the party, the Big Ten takes the top spot with seven ranked teams, followed closely by the Big 12’s six.

Here is the full poll:

AP Poll - Week 12

Rank School Conference Previous
Rank School Conference Previous
1 Gonzaga WCC 1
2 Baylor Big 12 2
3 Michigan Big Ten 4
4 Ohio State Big Ten 7
5 Villanova Big East 3
6 Illinois Big Ten 12
7 Texas Tech Big 12 13
8 Houston AAC 5
9 Virginia ACC 14
10 Missouri SEC 18
11 Alabama SEC 10
12 Oklahoma Big 12 9
13 Texas Big 12 6
14 West Virginia Big 12 17
15 Iowa Big Ten 8
16 Tennessee SEC 11
17 Florida State ACC 20
18 Virginia Tech ACC 16
19 Creighton Big East 15
20 USC Pac 12 NR
21 Wisconsin Big Ten 19
22 Loyola Chicago Missouri Valley NR
23 Oklahoma State Big 12 NR
24 Purdue Big Ten 24
25 Rutgers Big Ten NR
Colorado 41, San Diego State 38, Xavier 37, UCLA 35, Florida 29, Louisville 28, Belmont 25, Kansas 18, Drake 16, Minnesota 12, North Carolina 8, St. John’s 7, Toledo 6, Clemson 6, Arkansas 3, Boise State 3, Saint Louis 2, UAB 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1, BYU 1