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Virginia remains ranked #3 in AP, Coaches Polls

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The Virginia Cavaliers are ranked #3 in the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week.  The Hoos, who had a 2-0 week (though not without some excitement against Davidson and Miami), are behind unanimous #1 Kentucky and also-undefeated Duke.

Looking at the AP Poll: Wisconsin is #4, followed by Louisville, the third ACC team in the top-five. Notre Dame, who Virginia will visit on Saturday, moved up to #13 and UNC to #18.  No other ACC team received a vote.

One-loss (to UVA) Maryland is up to 11th, and VCU returned to the AP Top 25 at #20.  GW and Davidson both received votes in the poll as well.

It's tough to disagree with any of the poll's top ten, as the wisdom of the crowd results in a ranking that makes sense. That's not to say there aren't some...questionable dissenters in the 64-voter poll.  Dave Borges, Marcus Jackson, and Seth Davis rank the Hoos at #6. On the bright side, there is one voter, Ron Morris, who has the Hoos second. (Every other AP pollster has a Kentucky-Duke 1-2).

Virginia ranks #2 in KenPom, with the 4th-rated offense and 4th-rated defense in the nation.  Sagarin ranks the team second as well, as does Massey (a composite of a number of computer rankings).

The Full AP Top 25 is below (and you can find the Coaches Poll here):

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM (1st) POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (64) 1600 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 1535 2
3 Virginia Cavaliers 1446 3
4 Wisconsin Badgers 1397 4
5 Louisville Cardinals 1322 5
6 Gonzaga Bulldogs 1275 7
7 Arizona Wildcats 1260 8
8 Villanova Wildcats 1089 6
9 Utah Utes 1059 10
10 Texas Longhorns 976 11
11 Maryland Terrapins 966 12
12 Kansas Jayhawks 884 13
13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 775 14
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 712 17
15 Wichita State Shockers 686 16
16 Oklahoma Sooners 674 18
17 Iowa State Cyclones 663 9
18 North Carolina Tar Heels 591 19
19 Seton Hall Pirates 448 -
20 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 311 27
21 Baylor Bears 186 22
22 Ohio State Buckeyes 184 20
23 Arkansas Razorbacks 103 29
24 St. John's Red Storm 92 15
25 Old Dominion Monarchs 80 30
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa (12-2) 72; Iowa (10-4) 63; Butler (11-4) 53; LSU (11-2) 50; George Washington (11-3) 39; TCU (13-1) 33; Temple (11-4) 33; Colorado State (14-1) 31; Stanford (10-3) 29; South Carolina (9-3) 16; Washington (11-3) 13; Wyoming (13-2) 11; Indiana (11-3) 9; Oklahoma State (11-2) 9; Georgetown (9-4) 7; Cincinnati (10-3) 6; Dayton (11-2) 5; Brigham Young (13-4) 3; Xavier (10-4) 2; Hofstra (10-4) 1; Davidson (10-2) 1