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Virginia ranked #1 in new AP college basketball poll

RICHMOND, Va. — The University of Virginia is the new #1 team in college basketball, according to the Associated Press.

The Cavaliers ascended to the top spot this week despite a weekend loss to unranked in-state rival Virginia Tech.

Last week’s #1 team, Villanova, lost at home to St. John’s while Purdue, which was ranked third last week, also lost at home to #4 Michigan State. The Spartans are #2 this week behind the Cavaliers.

The University of Virginia is 23-2, so far during the 2017-18 college basketball season.

Virginia was last ranked #1 in the country in 1982. They become the first team in ACC history to ascend to the #1 spot in the AP poll after having started the season unranked. They are also the first team in the history of the Associated Press college basketball poll (which started in 1948) to move up to the #1 spot after losing a game the previous week.

This will be the 13th week in school history that the Cavaliers have been ranked #1, and the first since three-time college basketball player of the year Ralph Sampson played for Virginia (1979 – 1983)

Sean Robertson traveled to Charlottesville Monday to speak with Virginia head coach Tony Bennett. Look for Sean’s reports beginning on the CBS 6 News at 5.

This is a developing story.