AP Top 25 NCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings Week 18: Mar. 5

Tony Bennett Virginia: AP Top 25 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings

MIAMI, FL — Virginia entered Week 18 as the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 NCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings on Monday.

The Cavaliers (28-2), which easily won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title by four clear games, secured all 65 first-place votes in this week’s poll for 1,625 points.

Virginia, which beat Louisville, 67-66, and Notre Dame, 62-57 in its final two games to wrap up league play last week, has now held the No. 1 position in the poll for four straight weeks.

Tony Bennett’s men will be inactive until Thursday when it bows into ACC Tournament action at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Villanova moved two places up and leaped over Xavier to No. 2 this week after victories over Seton Hall and Georgetown during last week’s fixtures.

Meanwhile, the Musketeers, who won the Big East regular-season title ahead of the Wildcats, stayed at No. 3 with Michigan State, which dropped two places to No. 4, and Duke rounding out the Top 5.

At No. 6 is Gonzaga, while Michigan made a huge jump into the top 10 after surprisingly lifting the Big Ten Tournament title at the weekend.

The Wolverines, which finished fourth in the regular-season standings, jumped eight spots after beating the Spartans and then Purdue to win their second straight Big Ten Tournament crown.

Cincinnati, Kansas and the Boilermakers completed the Top 10.

Wichita State stays stable at No. 11 and it is followed by defending champion North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Pac-12 regular-season champion Arizona.

Auburn slipped two spots to 16th, Ohio State drops four places to No. 17, while West Virginia, Clemson and Saint Mary’s rounded out the Top 20.

Florida, at No. 23 and Miami, at No. 24, are the two newcomers this week with the Top 25 completed by Houston at No. 21, Nevada at No. 22 and Rhode Island, which dropped both games last week, at No. 25.

Kentucky (23) and Middle Tennessee (24) were the two teams making way this week, while St. Bonaventure and Loyola-Chicago are among the teams receiving votes in Week 18.

AP Top 25 NCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings.


1 Virginia (65) 28-2 1,625
2 Villanova 27-4 1,516
3 Xavier 27-4 1,510
4 Michigan State 29-4 1,346
5 Duke 25-6 1,340
6 Gonzaga 28-4 1,254
7 Michigan 28-7 1,231
8 Cincinnati 27-4 1,213
9 Kansas 24-7 1,129
10 Purdue 28-6 1,096
11 Wichita State 24-6 861
12 North Carolina 22-9 852
13 Tennessee 23-7 825
14 Texas Tech 23-8 784
15 Arizona 24-7 739
16 Auburn 25-6 692
17 Ohio State 24-8 603
18 West Virginia 22-9 486
19 Clemson 22-8 422
20 Saint Mary’s 28-4 385
21 Houston 24-6 247
22 Nevada 26-6 218
23 Florida 20-11 192
24 Miami 22-8 191
25 Rhode Island 23-6 86

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Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure 72, Kentucky 66, TCU 45, Loyola-Chicago 43, Virginia Tech 15, Seton Hall 10, Middle Tennessee 9, Creighton 8, Arkansas 4, NC State 2, Nebraska 2, Kansas State 2, Buffalo 1, New Mexico State 1, Texas A&M 1, Florida State 1


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