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Virginia ranked 6th in Week Five AP Poll, 5th in Coaches

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The Hoos continued to creep up in the rankings after a big week.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers moved up in the rankings once again, coming in at #6 in the newest Associated Press Poll after a 2-0 week, in which the team notched impressive road victories over Maryland and VCU.  The Hoos were 7th in last week's rankings and 8th the week before that.  UVA also moved up to #5 in the Coaches Poll, after ranking 6th last week.

Looking at the AP Poll, Kentucky remains the #1 team in the nation after its big win over #8 Texas.  Arizona, who beat #9 Gonzaga in OT, is second, followed by Duke, who won on the road at #5 Wisconsin.  Louisville checks in at #4.

As we saw in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, the ACC is extremely top-heavy. After the Duke/Louisville/UVA trio in the top six, the only other ranked teams are #20 Miami and #21 UNC, who each incurred home losses this week, and #25 Notre Dame. Syracuse, who started the year ranked, is no longer receiving votes after a home loss to St. John's.  (NC State, who picked up 3 votes, is the only ACC team in that section).

VCU and UMD were not harmed by their loses to the Hoos. The Rams are still receiving votes, and Maryland actually moved up two spots to #19. (When teams are rewarded from coming within 15 points of you at home, you know you've made it.)

Computer rankings concur with the voters' assessments.  UVA is ranked 3rd in KenPom6th in Sagarin, and 5th by Massey.  The team is in the midst of an 11 day exam break before it gets back in action on December 18th against Cleveland State.

Here are the full AP and Coaches Polls:

AP Top 25 Poll

Rank Team Rec Pts Prev
1 Kentucky Wildcats (64) 9-0 1,600 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 8-0 1,518 4
3 Arizona Wildcats 8-0 1,486 3
4 Louisville Cardinals 7-0 1,319 5
5 Wisconsin Badgers 8-1 1,316 2
6 Virginia Cavaliers 9-0 1,285 7
7 Villanova Wildcats 8-0 1,173 10
8 Texas Longhorns 7-1 1,155 6
9 Gonzaga Bulldogs 7-1 1,145 9
10 Kansas Jayhawks 6-1 1,083 11
11 Wichita State Shockers 5-1 929 8
12 Ohio State Buckeyes 6-1 808 14
13 Utah Utes 6-1 717 25
14 Iowa State Cyclones 5-1 668 20
15 Butler Bulldogs 7-1 593 23
16 Oklahoma Sooners 5-2 557 22
17 Washington Huskies 7-0 428 35
18 San Diego State Aztecs 6-2 390 13
19 Maryland Terrapins 8-1 370 21
20 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 8-1 359 15
21 North Carolina Tar Heels 6-2 350 12
22 West Virginia Mountaineers 8-1 313 16
23 Northern Iowa Panthers 8-0 232 26
24 St. John's Red Storm 6-1 211 39
25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 8-1 200 47
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan St 120, Illinois 91, Georgetown 62, Iowa 60, Seton Hall 57, Baylor 49, TCU 45, Colorado St 28, Arkansas 22, California 19, Michigan 14, Creighton 7, Virginia Commonwealth 6, LSU 5, NC State 3, Indiana 3, Old Dominion 2, Yale 1, Dayton 1


USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank School Record Pts Prev Hi/Lo
1 Kentucky (30) 9-0 798 1 1/1
2 Duke (1) 8-0 761 2 2/3
3 Arizona 8-0 742 3 2/4
4 Louisville 7-0 676 5 5/9
5 Virginia 9-0 654 6 6/9
6 Wisconsin 8-1 639 4 3/4
7 Villanova 8-0 606 9 9/12
8 Gonzaga 7-1 562 8 8/13
9 Texas 7-1 558 7 7/10
10 Kansas 6-1 515 11 5/12
11 Wichita State 5-1 447 10 10/13
12 Ohio State 6-1 400 13 13/20
13 Iowa St. 5-1 349 19 13/19
14 Utah 6-1 238 27
15 Oklahoma 5-2 232 20 18/21
16 San Diego State 6-1 230 14 14/17
17 Washington 7-0 225 32
18 North Carolina 6-2 204 12 6/12
19 Butler 7-1 199 29
20 Maryland 8-1 198 22 22/NR
21 West Virginia 8-1 168 17 17/NR
21 Miami 8-1 168 15 15/NR
23 Michigan State 6-3 111 18 18/19
24 Northern Iowa 8-0 110 30
25 Illinois 7-1 104 25 25/NR
Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 91; St. John?s 62; Michigan 45; Arkansas 38; Georgetown 34; Florida 31; Baylor 29; Iowa 29; Seton Hall 28; TCU 26; California 23; Creighton 12; Virginia Commonwealth 10; Nebraska 9; Colorado State 9; Louisiana Tech 8; Oklahoma State 5; North Carolina State 5; Providence 4; Old Dominion 3; UCLA 3; Saint Mary?s 1; LSU 1.