UVA the new No. 1 team in the country

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia is the top ranked men's basketball team in the country for the first time in more than 35 years.

The Wahoos climbed one spot to No. 1 in the new Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, despite Saturday's overtime loss at home to Virginia Tech. It's the fist time UVA has sat atop the AP rankings since December 21, 1982, and the 13th week all-time for UVA at No. 1 in the AP poll.

UVA also becomes the first ACC team to ever climb to No. 1 after starting the season unranked. The Cavaliers had spent the previous four weeks at No. 2, between top-ranked Villanova and No. 3 Purdue. All three teams suffered losses since last Monday's rankings were released -- Villanova at home to St. John's, and Purdue to both Ohio State and Michigan State.

The Cavaliers picked up 30 first-place votes on Monday. Michigan State received 21 first-place votes and jumped two spots to No. 2, while Villanova dropped to No. 3 with nine first-place votes. Xavier and Cincinnati round out the new AP top five.



 
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