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Virginia Basketball back in AP, coaches’ Top 25 for the first time in eight weeks

Chris Graham
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The Virginia diehards who keep asking me when their favorite basketball team will get back into the AP Top 25 have their answer: today.

UVA (19-5, 10-3 ACC) re-entered the rankings this week at #21, so, there.

The coaches’ Top 25 also has Virginia in this week, at #23.

The ‘Hoos had most recently been ranked the week of Dec. 18, before a 77-54 loss a day later at Memphis that started a stretch of three losses in their next five games, all of the losses by double-digits.

A 65-57 win over Virginia Tech on Jan. 17 started the current eight-game winning streak that has taken UVA from tied for eighth in the ACC standings to being alone in second place, a game back of UNC (19-5, 11-2 ACC), which is fifth this week in the coaches’ poll and seventh in the AP poll.

One other ACC team is ranked this week, Duke (18-5, 9-3 ACC), which is eighth in the coaches’ poll and ninth in the AP poll.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].