UVA jumped up 3 spots while Arizona State leaped over Duke in new AP Top 25 poll


UVA jumped up 3 spots while Arizona State leaped over Duke in new AP Top 25 poll

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12. Now the Sun Devils are one of the biggest surprises in college basketball, inching toward the program's first No. 1 ranking.

Arizona State moved up two spots to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 released on Monday, leapfrogging preseason No. 1 Duke after Wichita State dropped out of the top 10.

Villanova was No. 1 for the second straight week, receiving 45 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel. Michigan State stayed at No. 2 and received 15 first-place votes, with Arizona State getting the final five first-place votes to match its highest ranking as a program.

No. 5 North Carolina, Miami, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Xavier and West Virginia rounded out the top 10.


Arizona State had been No. 5, right behind Duke, but moved past the Blue Devils after rallying from a shaky start to handily beat Vanderbilt on Sunday. The Sun Devils are 10-0 and one of the most exciting teams to watch in college basketball, led by four freewheeling guards who have helped turn ASU into "Guard U."

Arizona State rallied from a 13-0 hole to beat Vanderbilt 76-64 on Sunday, following a program-defining win at Kansas last week.

The Sun Devils received first-place votes for the first time in last week's poll and have matched their highest ranking, also accomplished in 1981 and 1963.

"They play with a lot of intensity and you have to match that intensity the whole game," Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said after Sunday's game.

After cruising to victory against Davidson, Virginia jumped three spots to No. 13 from No. 16, and the Cavaliers will take on Savannah State adn Hampton this week. 

West Virginia had nothing but an exhibition game last week — easily beating Wheeling Jesuit, 98-50 — but the Mountaineers still moved up one spot to No. 10. Though not quite there yet, Virginia Tech received three votes for the top 25 this week.



Moving into the top spot in the AP Top 25 could cause some teams to feel pressure. Not at Villanova.

The Wildcats (11-0) won a national championship in 2016 and have reached No. 1 each of the past three seasons. The handled their first game as No. 1 this season with ease, blowing past Temple 87-67 behind another huge game by Jalen Brunson.

Villanova's junior guard scored a career-high 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting, made 6 of 10 from the 3-point arc, had six rebounds and five assists in 38 turnover-free minutes.

"He's just terrific, plays with a great pace, so smart, great toughness," Owls coach Fran Dunphy said. "His efficiency is ridiculous."


Wichita State had been on a good run since losing by one to Notre Dame in the championship game of the Maui Invitational, winning four straight games to reach No. 3 in the AP Top 25.

The Shockers (8-2) dropped eight spots to No. 11 in this week's poll after running into Oklahoma and phenomenal freshman Trae Young.

Young, who leads the nation in scoring and is third in assists, had 29 points and 10 assists in Oklahoma's 91-83 victory. The Sooners (8-1) moved into the poll this week at No. 17.


Creighton was the only other team to move into the poll, entering at No. 25 after beating Maryland Eastern Shore last week.


Florida reached No. 5 in the AP Top 25 after a thrilling double-overtime victory over Gonzaga in the PK80 Invitational. The Gators have gone south since then, dropping spots each week while losing three of four.

Florida (6-4) dropped out of the poll completely this week after losing to Clemson.

Notre Dame has gone on a similar slide. The Fighting Irish (8-3) moved up to No. 5 not long after winning the Maui title, but dropped out from No. 18 this week after losing to Indiana in overtime.

NBC Sports Washington contributed to this report.


Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.

As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.


All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.

The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.

The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.

Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.

It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone who graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:

If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.

Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.

NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

After shocking the world and doing what no other team has done before, the UMBC Retrievers are not done yet.

Yes, UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed. And against a Virginia team that was the only dominant squad in all of college basketball, no one expected it (except Troy Machir).

Remember the Retrievers barely made it to the NCAA tournament with a buzzer-beater from Jairus Lyles.  

Lyles scored a game-high 28 points in their historic upset as the team went 50 percent from behind the arc with 12 three-pointers.

Up next they play No. 9 Kansas State who looked shaky in their First Round win over Creighton. Can the Cinderella run for the Retrievers continue? Either way anything they do would be a first for a No. 16 seed going forward.

Virginia and UNC UMBC will match up on Sunday in Charlotte, NC. 

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:


UMBC vs. Kansas State How to Watch

What: 2018 NCAA Tournament Second Round, South Region

Who: No. 16 UMBC (25-10, 12-4 America East) vs. No. 9 Kansas State (23-11, 10-8 Big 12)

When: 7:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18.

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV Channel: TruTV

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on

TV Announcers: TBA Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Bill Raftery (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops, @KStateMBB


UMBC vs. Kansas State Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: UMBC (Auto-bid, America East Champions), Kansas State (at-large)

Previous Meeting: First Meeting

Next Round: Winner of No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

South Region Bracket:

No. 16 UMBC vs. No. 9 Kansas State
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

No. 11 Loyola Chicago vs. No. 3 Tennessee
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 2 Cincinnati

UMBC vs. Kansas State Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

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Against The Spread: UMBC is 4-1 ATS this season, Kansas State is 15-16 ATS.

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