By Ken Cross
The Virginia Cavaliers continue their climb atop the AP Top 25 as they received 17 first place votes while Villanova took 47. The movement came after the Cavaliers won at Duke, 65-63 on Saturday, and held Clemson to 36 points in a 61-36 home win over the Tigers last week.
Purdue holds steady at No. 3 while Duke continues at No. 4 with Michigan State moving up to the fifth position.
Virginia continues it’s rugged defensive play as the Cavaliers hold hold their opponents to 37.1 percent from the floor, third nationally, and also allow 52.1 points per game, which is No. 1 in the nation.
In winning 12 consecutive games, the Cavaliers could be set to become the nation’s top team as they host Louisville on Wednesday and then play at Syracuse Saturday. Virginia has not been ranked No. 1 since the Ralph Sampson era when they checked in 1981-82.
The Cavaliers supplanted Villanova in ESPN’s BPI as they have the top RPI in the nation this week. Villanova does have a better strength of schedule with 13 games away from home. According to ESPN.com, the win at Duke accentuated the flip for Virginia.