Breaking down this week’s Associated Press college basketball poll:
VIRGINIA RISING: Virginia jumped from No. 12 to fifth in this week’s poll, the Cavaliers’ first appearance in the Top Ten since the 2001-02 season, when they reached as high as No. 4.
Saturday’s win over Syracuse gave Virginia its first outright Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1980-81. The Cavaliers, featuring three-time national player of the year Ralph Sampson, were in the Top Ten the entire season, spent four weeks at No. 1 and reached the Final Four.
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