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Virginia moves to #5 in AP Poll, Coaches Poll

UVA is back to its highest ranking of the year

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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After Virginia basketball's big win over Villanova, UVA jumped up to #5 in the nation in this week's Associated Press Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll. That's the highest ranking that the Hoos have earned all year, as the team started at #6 before dropping to #12 after its loss to GW.

Undefeated Michigan State retained the top spot in both polls, followed by Kansas, Oklahoma, and Maryland in the AP version. The Hoos jumped Iowa State, Kentucky, and Duke, who all dropped games last week.

Villanova fell to #17 after their loss at JPJ, while George Washington and West Virginia each rose one spot to #20 and #19, respectively. Five ACC teams are ranked. After UVA, UNC sits at #7, Miami is #13, Duke #15, and Louisville #16.  North Carolina and #12 Kentucky are the only two-loss teams in the top 15.

Here's where various computer polls rank the Hoos:

KenPom: #1, including the #1 offense in the nation and #14 defense.
Sagarin: #4
BPI: #6
RPI (for fun): #17

Here's a look at the complete Top 25 for both polls:

Ranking AP Poll Coaches Poll
1 Michigan State (64) Michigan State (29)
2 Kansas (1) Oklahoma (2)
3 Oklahoma Kansas
4 Maryland Maryland
5 Virginia Virginia
6 Xavier Xavier
7 North Carolina North Carolina
8 Arizona Arizona
9 Butler Iowa State
10 Providence Duke
11 Iowa State Kentucky
12 Kentucky Butler
13 Miami Purdue
14 Purdue Providence
15 Duke Louisville
16 Louisville Miami
17 Villanova Villanova
18 SMU West Virginia
19 West Virginia Texas A&M
20 George Washington George Washington
21 Texas A&M Cincinnati
22 Cincinnati Baylor
23 Baylor South Carolina
24 Utah Gonzaga
25 South Carolina Vanderbilt