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Final AP Regular Season Poll: Virginia ranks #3

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Virginia fell to #3 in this week's AP Poll, the final one of the regular season, after the team's 59-57 loss at Louisville.  Moving up to #2, Duke jumped the Cavaliers, and Kentucky continued its season-long run as #1.  Villanova and Arizona rounded out the top 5.

Louisville moved up two spots to #14 after its senior night win, while UNC remained at #19.  Notre Dame, at #11, makes 5 ranked teams in the ACC, with no other squad in the conference receiving votes.

UVA is 5-2 against teams ranked in the top 25, beating Louisville, Notre Dame, UNC, #8 Maryland, and #24 Davidson, while falling to Louisville and Duke.

Overall, I've got no problem falling behind Duke in the poll, mainly because it's irrelevant.  Remember, the voters aren't going on "resume" like the Selection Committee will be, and UVA is still firmly ahead of Duke in all major bracket projections, such as SB Nation's Bracketology.

The Hoos are #3 in KenPom (behind UK and Arizona), #3 in BPI (behind UK and Wisconsin), and #2 in Sagarin.

Here's the full AP Top 25:

AP Top 25

Rank School Record Points Prev
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 31-0 1,625 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 28-3 1,544 3
3 Virginia Cavaliers 28-2 1,454 2
4 Villanova Wildcats 29-2 1,444 4
5 Arizona Wildcats 28-3 1,360 5
6 Wisconsin Badgers 28-3 1,344 6
7 Gonzaga Bulldogs 30-2 1,229 7
8 Maryland Terrapins 26-5 1,103 10
9 Kansas Jayhawks 24-7 1,040 9
10 Northern Iowa Panthers 30-3 1,037 11
11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 26-5 1,026 12
12 Wichita State Shockers 28-4 797 8
13 Iowa State Cyclones 22-8 786 17
14 Louisville Cardinals 24-7 780 16
15 Oklahoma Sooners 21-9 772 15
16 Baylor Bears 23-8 701 14
17 Utah Utes 23-7 587 13
18 West Virginia Mountaineers 23-8 525 20
19 North Carolina Tar Heels 21-10 406 19
20 SMU Mustangs 24-6 339 22
21 Arkansas Razorbacks 24-7 300 18
22 Butler Bulldogs 22-9 287 21
23 Georgetown Hoyas 20-9 223 33
24 Davidson Wildcats 23-6 99 32
25 Boise State Broncos 24-7 82 27
Others receiving votes: Oregon 69, Providence 63, Ohio State 40, BYU 18, Michigan St 15, LSU 8, Iowa 7, St. John's 6, San Diego St 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Valparaiso 1, Dayton 1, North Florida 1, Purdue 1