- Associated Press - Monday, December 19, 2011

Virginia, with nine wins in its first 10 games, cracked the Associated Press Top 25 college basketall poll released Monday.

The Cavaliers’ most recent appearance in poll was a one-week stay early in the 2007-08 season. UVa. defeated Oregon 67-54 on Saturday in its first game since a 68-48 decision over George Mason on Dec. 6.

Syracuse is No. 1 for a second week.

The Orange (11-0) received 53 first-place votes from the 64-member national media panel. The next six places remained the same from last week: Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Baylor and Duke. Ohio State had five first-place votes, while Kentucky had four and Louisville two.

Connecticut, Missouri and Marquette all move up one place to round out the top 10.

UNLV, out of the poll the past two weeks, moves back in at No. 21.

Xavier, which lost 64-42 to Oral Roberts on Sunday to fall from the undefeated ranks, dropped from No. 8 to 14th. The Musketeers played without three starters who were suspended for their part in the brawl against Cincinnati the previous weekend.

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