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\ Among the other notable developments are the rise of several ACC schools. Virginia bolts up to No. 15 with a victory at Arizona. That’s an excellent start for the Charlottesville Singletarys, but they’ve done it before against the Wildcats only to fade later.\

\ Clemson jumps up to No. 23 after winning at Mississippi State and dispatching Old Dominion. Come Selection Sunday, the road victory over a solid SEC team will look very, very good. Miami also checks in at No. 40 after winning a tournament in Puerto Rico by knocking off Marist, Virginia Commonwealth and Providence. The Hurricanes are a much different team with Anthony King in the frontcourt, and with so much in flux in the ACC, an 8-8 league record is not out of the realm of possibility for Frank Haith’s team.\

\ On the flip side, N.C. State tumbles nearly 20 spots for losing at home to New Orleans (Wolfpack assistant Monte Towe came to Raleigh after a stint as the Privateers’ head coach) and Maryland fell into the next five after squeaking past Hampton and Northeastern. Also in that group between 41 and 45: George Mason, which is off to a 3-0 start.\

\ 1. UCLA (3-0)\ 2. North Carolina (2-0)\ 3. Memphis (4-0)\ 4. Georgetown (2-0)\ 5. Kansas (3-0)\ 6. Michigan State (2-0)\ 7. Washington State (3-0)\ 8. Indiana (2-0)\ 9. Louisville (2-0)\ 10. Tennessee (3-0)\ 11. Oregon (4-0)\ 12. Marquette (2-0)\ 13. Texas (3-0)\ 14. Texas A&M; (4-0)\ 15. Virginia (3-0)\ 16. Pittsburgh (4-0)\ 17. Kansas State (3-0)\ 18. Gonzaga (3-0)\ 19. Duke (2-0)\ 20. Butler (3-0)\ 21. Southern Illinois (1-0)\ 22. Villanova (2-0)\ 23. Clemson (3-0)\ 24. Wisconsin (4-0)\ 25. Florida (4-0)\ 26. Arizona (1-1)\ 27. Syracuse (3-0)\ 28. Arkansas (2-1)\ 29. Brigham Young (3-0)\ 30. Missouri (3-0)\ 31. Davidson (1-1)\ 32. N.C. State (1-1)\ 33. Mississippi State (2-1)\ 34. Stanford (4-1)\ 35. Southern California (2-1)\ 36. Connecticut (3-1)\ 37. Ohio State (2-0)\ 38. Vanderbilt (2-0)\ 39. Alabama (2-0)\ 40. Miami (4-0)\ \ \ – Patrick Stevens

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