Texas A&M men's basketball returns to AP Top 25 Poll

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- Riding a 4 game winning streak including back to back wins over nationally ranked Auburn and Kentucky the A&M men's basketball team has returned to the AP Top 25 at number 21 this week. The Aggies will take on Missouri in Columbia Tuesday at 6 on ESPNU.

Virginia has climbed to No. 1 in the AP men's basketball poll 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.

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.

1 Virginia (30) 2
2 Michigan State (21) 4
3 Villanova (9) 1
4 Xavier (5) 5
5 Cincinnati 6
6 Purdue 3
7 Texas Tech 7
8 Ohio State 14
9 Gonzaga 12
10 Auburn 8
11 Clemson 16
12 Duke 9
13 Kansas 10
14 North Carolina 21
15 Saint Mary's (Cal.) 11
16 Rhode Island 18
17 Arizona 13
18 Tennessee 15
19 Wichita State 22
20 West Virginia 19
21 Texas A&M -
22 Michigan 20
23 Oklahoma 17
24 Nevada 23
25 Arizona State -