The Virginia men’s basketball team flipped spots with Duke in the latest USA Today men’s basketball coaches poll on Monday, assuming the No. 1 spot for the second time this season.
The Cavaliers made a statement this past Saturday when they handed ACC rival Florida State a 65-52 defeat, a margin of victory tightened by the Seminoles ending the game on a 16-0 run against the Cavaliers’ reserves.
The dominant victory built more hype around Coach Tony Bennett’s program, which is now 13-0 this season.
Though the ’Hoos rose to the top spot in the coaches poll, the win over Florida State wasn’t enough to bump them up in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Virginia stayed steady at the No. 4 ranking. Duke (12-1) remained No. 1 in the AP poll, followed by Michigan (15-0) and Tennessee (12-1).
Florida State, for what it’s worth, dropped from No. 9 to No. 13 in the AP poll. The Seminoles also fell to No. 13 in the coaches poll. Virginia Tech (13-1) rose one spot to No. 9 in the AP poll and up to No. 7 in the coaches poll. The ACC had six teams in the AP Top 25, along with Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Florida State, North Carolina (No. 12) and N.C. State (No. 15) were also ranked.
After a two-game road trip that’ll start at Boston College on Wednesday and end at Clemson on Saturday, Virginia hosts No. 9 Virginia Tech on Jan. 15 before challenging Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium four days later.