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Virginia drops to #13 in AP Poll, #11 in Coaches Poll

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London Perrantes, upon learning that Virginia dropped 9 spots in the AP Poll
London Perrantes, upon learning that Virginia dropped 9 spots in the AP Poll
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After a pair of road losses to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, the Virginia Cavaliers dropped 9 spots in the updated Associated Press Top 25 Poll to #13.  Virginia checked in at #11 in the Coaches Poll.  Kansas maintained its top spot in both polls, followed by Oklahoma, Maryland, Michigan State, and North Carolina.

UVA's drop in both polls was likely cushioned by other teams around it adding losses in the past week also; Providence, Kentucky, and Arizona all joined Virginia in falling out of the top 10.

A few other notes, focusing on the AP Poll:

  • Virginia will take on #8 Miami tomorrow night at JPJ. It will be the first time that Virginia has played an opponent ranked ahead of it since the Hoos beat #4 Syracuse at JPJ two years ago to clinch the ACC regular season title.
  • Six ACC teams are ranked: UNC is #5, Miami #8, Duke #9, UVA #13, Pittsburgh #20, and Louisville #21.
  • Villanova (#6) and WVU (#11) are also in the top 25 - Virginia beat both during the non-conference schedule.
  • UVA's 9-spot drop wasn't the poll's largest. Arizona fell from 7th to 18th after dropping a pair of road games as well, to UCLA and USC (in 4 OTs).
  • Last week, every voter had UVA ranked between #3 and #6 on their AP Ballot. This week, Virginia received votes ranging from #6 to #24. Scott Richey of the News-Gazette in Champaign, IL was the optimistic #6 vote. Jon Rothstein (#21), Seth Davis (#22), and Jon Wilner (#23) were the lowest votes.

The computers roughly agree with the assessments of the pollsters:

KenPom: #6 (#5 offense, #36 defense)
Sagarin: #13
BPI: #11
RPI: #11

Here are the full polls:

AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kansas Jayhawks (63) 14-1 1,621
2 Oklahoma Sooners (1) 13-1 1,551
3 Maryland Terrapins 15-1 1,472
4 Michigan State Spartans (1) 16-1 1,446
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 15-2 1,371
6 Villanova Wildcats 14-2 1,246
7 Xavier Musketeers 14-1 1,200
8 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 13-1 1,139
9 Duke Blue Devils 14-2 1,100
10 SMU Mustangs 15-0 1,040
11 West Virginia Mountaineers 14-1 867
12 Providence Friars 14-2 862
13 Virginia Cavaliers 12-3 818
14 Kentucky Wildcats 12-3 698
15 Texas A&M Aggies 13-2 668
16 Iowa Hawkeyes 12-3 656
17 Iowa State Cyclones 12-3 555
18 Arizona Wildcats 13-3 537
19 South Carolina Gamecocks 15-0 527
20 Pittsburgh Panthers 14-1 334
21 Louisville Cardinals 13-3 330
22 Baylor Bears 12-3 325
23 Butler Bulldogs 12-4 302
24 Purdue Boilermakers 14-3 145
25 Gonzaga Bulldogs 13-3 101
Others receiving votes: USC 79, Indiana 59, UCLA 21, Utah 10, Texas Tech 10, Saint Mary's 8, Wichita St 7, Valparaiso 6, Oregon 6, Hawaii 4, St Bonaventure 1, Oregon State 1, Akron 1, Dayton 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kansas (32) 14-1 800
2 Oklahoma 13-1 743
3 Maryland 15-1 742
4 Michigan St 16-1 694
5 North Carolina 15-2 673
6 Duke 14-2 596
7 Villanova 14-2 557
8 Xavier 14-1 555
9 Miami-Florida 13-1 551
10 West Virginia 14-1 477
11 Virginia 12-3 426
12 Providence 14-2 400
13 Kentucky 12-3 393
14 Texas A&M 13-2 383
15 South Carolina 15-0 361
16 Arizona 13-3 337
17 Pittsburgh 14-1 263
18 Iowa St. 12-3 253
19 Iowa 12-3 226
20 Louisville 13-3 205
21 Gonzaga 13-3 173
22 Baylor 12-3 156
23 Butler 12-4 147
24 Purdue 14-3 122
25 Indiana 14-3 38
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 34; Oregon 18; Southern California 16; UCLA 12; George Washington 11; California 9; Dayton 5; Houston 5; Valparaiso 5; Washington 3; Texas Tech 3; Cincinnati 2; Arkansas-Little Rock 2; Boise State 1; Hawaii 1; Utah 1; Saint Mary's 1.