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Virginia stays No. 1, Duke jumps to 5th

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 as it coasts to an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title, while Duke made a big jump after a pair of impressive wins without its top freshman.

The Cavaliers earned 42 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Monday. That's 12 more than last week, when they reached No. 1 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era.

The top four remained unchanged, with No. 2 Michigan State earning 19 first-place votes after rallying from 27 down to beat Northwestern. Third-ranked Villanova got the other four first-place votes after winning at No. 4 Xavier. And Duke jumped seven spots to No. 5 after beating Virginia Tech and Clemson despite playing without Marvin Bagley, the ACC's scoring and rebounding leader who is recovering from a knee sprain.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Virginia24-2
2 Michigan State26-3
3 Villanova24-3
4 Xavier24-4
5 Duke22-5
6 Texas Tech22-5
6 Gonzaga25-4
8 Kansas21-6
9 Purdue24-5
10 North Carolina21-7
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Virginia24-2
2 Villanova24-3
3 Xavier24-4
4 Duke22-5
5 North Carolina21-7
6 Kansas21-6
7 Rhode Island21-4
8 Auburn23-4
9 Nevada23-5
10 Clemson20-6
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