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Virginia solidly still No. 1, but Michigan State, Xavier are making moves

Virginia solidly still No. 1, but Michigan State, Xavier are making moves

A second blowout loss to Villanova didn't stop Xavier from notching the program's highest AP Top 25 ranking a week ago. The Musketeers are rising again, passing the Wildcats on Monday to reach yet another program high at No. 3.

The poll switch comes after the Musketeers beat Georgetown in their only game last week and Villanova lost to unranked Creighton. The Wildcats dropped just one spot, to No. 4, and a game behind Xavier in the Big East standings.

Virginia firmed up its hold on the No. 1 ranking, receiving 48 votes from a media panel in the poll released on Monday, up six from a week ago. No. 2 Michigan State, which clinched the Big Ten title this weekend, received 17 first-place votes and Duke rounded out the top five.

The Musketeers (25-4, 13-3 Big East) rolled over Georgetown 89-77 despite leading scorer Trevon Blueitt being held to two points on 1-of-10 shooting. Blueitt, who averages 19.8 points per game, has 3 combined points his last two visits to Washington, D.C.

"I hope that the Big East tournament isn't played here," Xavier coach Chris Mack said he told Bluiett in jest toward the end of the game. "I think maybe folks in D.C. that don't have a TV and come to the games they may think he's an average player, a below average player."

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Virginia was the top overall seed when the NCAA Tournament selection committee revealed its initial rankings of the top 16 teams two weeks ago. The Cavaliers moved up to No. 1 despite losing to Virginia Tech a day before the rankings were released.

Last week, Virginia (26-2, 14-1 ACC) won its third ACC title in five years by dominating Pittsburgh, limiting the Panthers to seven first-half points in a 66-37 victory.

The Cavaliers are still in line to receive the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"It was something that we knew about coming into this game, so it was exciting," Virginia forward Isaiah Wilkins said. "It is a good feeling, but there is still a lot of basketball to be played."

KANSAS CLIMBS, ZAGS FALL

Kansas and Gonzaga both won conference titles this past weekend.

The Jayhawks' Big 12 title was enough to move them ahead of the Zags in this week's poll.

Kansas (23-6, 12-4) clinched its record-setting 14th straight Big 12 title with a 74-72 win over No. 6 Texas Tech on Saturday. The title broke the record the Jayhawks held with UCLA, which had 13 straight Pac-10 titles from 1967-79.

Kansas moved up two spots to No. 6.

The Jayhawks' move cost Gonzaga (27-4, 17-1) a spot in the poll despite clinching its 18th regular-season West Coast Conference title in the past 19 years. The Bulldogs dropped a spot to No. 7.

RED RAIDERS FALLING

Texas Tech tied Gonzaga at No. 6 last week for the program's highest ranking.

The Red Raiders (22-7, 10-6 Big 12) took a big tumble this week, dropping to No. 12 after losses to Oklahoma State and Kansas ran their losing streak to three games. The streak has coincided with a toe injury to Keenan Evans suffered against Baylor on Feb. 17. He scored in single digits in all three games.

SMALL CHANGES

The AP Top 25 has been volatile most of the season, with drastic changes coming nearly every week.

Poll movement was limited to small changes for the most part this week.

Florida State dropped out of the poll and Kentucky moved back in. Texas Tech had the biggest drop of teams still in the poll and Arizona was next, falling five spots to No. 19.

The biggest move up: Ohio State three spots to No. 13.

COMPLETE AP TOP 25 POLL (2/26)

1. Virginia (48 votes, No. 1 last week)

2. Michigan State (17, No. 2)

3. Xavier (No. 4)

4. Villanova (No. 3)

5. Duke (No. 5)

6. Kansas (No. 8)

7. Gonzaga (No. 6)

8. Purdue (No. 9)

9. North Carolina (No. 10)

10. Cincinnati (No. 11)

11. Wichita State (No. 13)

12. Texas Tech (No. 6)

13. Ohio State (No. 16)

14. Auburn (No. 12)

15. Michigan (No. 17)

16. Tennessee (No. 19)

17. Rhode Island (No. 18)

18. Clemson (No. 15)

19. Arizona (No. 14)

20. West Virginia (No. 21)

21. Nevada (No. 20)

22. Saint Mary's (No. 22)

23. Kentucky (NR)

24. Middle Tennessee (No. 24)

25. Houston (No. 23)

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UVA vs. Georgia Tech How to Watch: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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UVA vs. Georgia Tech How to Watch: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Virginia Cavaliers football team is coming off a 21-pt victory last week and has won four of their last five games, yet is an underdog on the road against Georgia Tech.

UVA, at 4-2 (7-3 overall), is trying to stay alive in the ACC Coastal, led by the Pitt Panthers entering Saturday's action. Georgia Tech is also coming into the game on a hot streak, having won five of its last six matchups.

The Yellow Jackets are two games behind Pitt in the loss column, sitting at 4-3 in ACC play, and will finish up their regular season next week at 5th-ranked Georgia. UVA will wrap up on the road as well, facing in-state rival Virginia Tech.

Georgia Tech is favored over UVA by 4.5 points. Here's how to watch.

UVA CAVALIERS vs. GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS: HOW TO WATCH

What: University of Virginia Cavaliers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field, located in Atlanta, GA.

When: Saturday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m. EST

TV Channel: The Virginia Cavaliers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Villanova at Delaware How to Watch: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Villanova at Delaware How to Watch: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

At 5-2 (7-3 overall) in the CAA, Delaware is currently in a four-way tie for second place in te conference. The Blue Hens are just one game back of Maine, and their recent hot streak is to thank.

Delaware had won five in a row, and sevon of eight, entering last week's matchup with Stony Brook. They fell 17-3, and are now looking to close out the regular season strong.

Villanova has struggled much of the season, sitting at just 1-6 (4-6 overall). albany is the only team in the CAA with fewer wins, and they've been cold. The Wildcats have lost five of their last six games.

Delaware is favored by 10 points as they hope to get back into first place.

 

Here's how to watch.

DELAWARE BLUE HENS vs. VILLANOVA WILDCATS: HOW TO WATCH

What: University of Delaware Blue Hens vs. Villanova University Wildcats

Where: Delaware Stadium, located in Newark, DE.

When: Saturday, November 17 at 12 p.m. EST

TV Channel: The Delaware Blue Hens vs. Villanova Wildcats will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)