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A look at Virginia Basketballs recent high rankings in the AP Poll

With 14 days until tip off, UVA is poised to be in the top ten in the AP Poll again and looks to continue its recent high rankings.

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The first AP poll of the year will not be out until the Monday before the season starts, 11/9, but the Virginia Cavaliers are expected to be in the top ten again. In the meantime, here are some fun facts about UVA's history in the rankings.

  • Virginia has been ranked in the top ten in each of the past 23 polls, dating back to March 3rd 2013, joined by only Duke and Arizona.
  • Last year's Cavaliers team was the first to be ranked all year since 2000-01 and only the fifth squad to do so in the program's 110 year history.
  • UVA went 18 years without being ranked ahead of Duke (1995-2014), but have been ahead of the Blue Devils in 10 of the past 21 polls.
  • The Hoos were ranked as high as #2 in the poll last season, their highest ranking since 1983.
  • In Ralph Sampson's final three years (1980-83), the Cavaliers were ranked in the top ten in every poll.
  • Since Sampson left, UVA has only finished the season ranked four times, and two of those were in the past two years.
  • If the Hoos are ranked #8 or better in next weeks poll, it will be their highest preseason ranking in over 30 years.

Meanwhile UVA football has only been ranked once, for one week, in the past 7+ seasons. Only two more weeks to go until tip off!