- The Washington Times - Monday, February 19, 2018

Virginia remained in the top spot of the Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday, and gained an additional 12 first-place votes, widening its margin over No. 2 Michigan State.

The Cavaliers earned their first No. 1 ranking in 35 years last week with 30 first-place votes, while Michigan State received 21 first-place votes and was a mere 30 total points behind. In the new edition, Virginia has 42 first-place votes to the Spartans’ 19.

Villanova and Xavier remained third and fourth after Villanova won their head-to-head matchup Saturday, 95-79. Duke jumped from 12th to fifth after its latest win over ranked ACC opponent Clemson, 66-57, on the road.

Texas Tech and Gonzaga tied for sixth. Kansas, Purdue and North Carolina rounded out the top 10.

Purdue fell from No. 6 to No. 9, its second straight three-place fall, after being upset by Wisconsin.

Former No. 5 Cincinnati dropped to No. 11 after losing to ranked American Athletic Conference foe Wichita State. The Shockers moved up by the same six-place margin the Bearcats fell — from No. 19 to No. 13.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide