- 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.


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