Virginia moves to No. 2 behind Villanova in AP poll

Virginia, picked to finish sixth in the ACC preseason poll, moved up another spot to No. 2 behind top-ranked Villanova in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday.

After wins against Syracuse and North Carolina State last week, the Cavaliers (16-1, 5-0 ACC) received a first-place vote from a media panel in reaching their highest ranking since getting to No. 2 in the 2014-15 season.

“They’ve taken care of business, so they’re in this spot,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said of his players. “Our pillar in our program is all about humility. It just means knowing who you are. I’ve said this before. They’re very clear on how they have to play. They do it together.”

Villanova (16-1) remained No. 1 for the second straight week, receiving 63 of 65 first-place votes after wins over Xavier and St. John’s.

Purdue (17-2) had the other first-place vote and moved up two spots to No. 3, its highest ranking since reaching No. 3 in 2009-10. The Boilermakers extended their winning streak to 13 games with victories at Michigan and Minnesota. Like Virginia, Purdue is unbeaten in conference play.

Oklahoma (14-2), behind star freshman Trae Young, moved up five spots to No. 4, its highest ranking since reaching No. 1 in 2015-16.

Duke (15-2) moved up two spots to No. 5 while West Virginia (15-2) dropped four spots to No. 6 after losing to Texas Tech.

No. 7 Wichita State (15-2), Texas Tech (15-2), Michigan State (16-3) and Kansas (14-3) round out the top 10.

No. 22 Ohio State (15-4), which knocked Michigan State from the No. 1 ranking with an 80-64 victory on Jan. 7, is ranked for the first time since reaching No. 12 during the 2014-15 season.

Michigan (15-4) also moved into the poll for the first time this season at No. 23 after beating Michigan State on Saturday.

–Field Level Media