Virginia is unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25; Michigan up to 7th

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Virginia is now the unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25, while Michigan made a big jump into the top 10 after winning the Big Ten Tournament title.

The Cavaliers earned all 65 first-place votes in Monday's poll after finishing four games ahead of the field in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season race. This was Virginia's fourth straight week at No. 1, with the Cavaliers acquiring more first-place votes each time until claiming them all this week.

Villanova hopped over Xavier to reach No. 2. The Wildcats beat the Musketeers twice this season, though Xavier won the Big East regular-season race outright.

Michigan State, Duke, Gonzaga and Michigan followed. Michigan jumped eight spots after beating Michigan State and Purdue to win a second straight Big Ten title.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 4, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

RecordPtsPrv
1. Virginia (65) 28-2 1625 1
2. Villanova 27-4 1516 4
3. Xavier 27-4 1510 3
4. Michigan St. 29-4 1346 2
5. Duke 25-6 1340 5
6. Gonzaga 28-4 1254 7
7. Michigan 28-7 1231 15
8. Cincinnati 27-4 1213 10
9. Kansas 24-7 1129 6
10. Purdue 28-6 1096 8
11. Wichita St. 24-6 861 11
12. North Carolina 22-9 852 9
13. Tennessee 23-7 825 16
14. Texas Tech 23-8 784 12
15. Arizona 24-7 739 19
16. Auburn 25-6 692 14
17. Ohio St. 24-8 603 13
18. West Virginia 22-9 486 20
19. Clemson 22-8 422 18
20. Saint Mary's (Cal) 28-4 385 22
21. Houston 24-6 247 25
22. Nevada 26-6 218 21
23. Florida 20-11 192 -
24. Miami 22-8 191 -
25. Rhode Island 23-6 86 17
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure 72, Kentucky 66, TCU 45, Loyola of Chicago 43, Virginia Tech 15, Seton Hall 10, Middle Tennessee 9, Creighton 8, Arkansas 4, Kansas St. 2, Nebraska 2, NC State 2, Buffalo 1, Florida St. 1, New Mexico St. 1, Texas A&M 1.