By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Virginia has climbed to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time in more than 35 years.
The Cavaliers earned 30 of 65 first-place votes in Monday’s latest poll to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State. Virginia had suffered an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that saw the top three teams lose.
But Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers rose above the turmoil at the top, climbing a slot to No. 1 for the first time since December 1982 — the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson.
2. Michigan State
7. Texas Tech
8. Ohio State
14. North Carolina
15. Saint Mary’s
16. Rhode Island
19. Wichita State
20. West Virginia
21. Texas A & M
25. Arizona State
The Spartans climbed two slots after their win against Purdue, while last week’s No. 1 Villanova fell to third after a home loss to St. John’s.
Xavier and Cincinnati rounded out the top five.
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