The Top Twenty Five

The Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 16, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Duke (62) 9-0 1,622 2

2. Michigan (3) 11-0 1,543 3

3. Syracuse 9-0 1,465 4

4. Arizona 8-0 1,371 8

5. Louisville 9-1 1,362 6

6. Indiana 9-1 1,321 1

7. Ohio St. 8-1 1,249 7

8. Florida 7-1 1,163 5

9. Kansas 8-1 1,110 9

10. Illinois 12-0 1,044 10

11. Cincinnati 10-0 967 11

12. Missouri 8-1 886 12

13. Minnesota 11-1 730 13

14. Gonzaga 10-1 710 14

15. Georgetown 9-1 579 15

16. New Mexico 11-0 548 17

17. Creighton 10-1 530 16

18. San Diego St. 8-1 493 18

19. Butler 8-2 361 -

20. Michigan St. 9-2 343 19

21. UNLV 8-1 315 20

22. Notre Dame 9-1 291 22

23. North Carolina 8-2 256 21

24. Oklahoma St. 8-1 244 24

25. NC State 7-2 198 25

Others receiving votes: Oregon 176, Pittsburgh 158, Kentucky 41, Wyoming 14, Marquette 8, VCU 7, Wichita St. 6, Murray St. 4, UConn 4, Miami 3, Maryland 2, Bucknell 1.

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Clark drives Virginia past No. 5 Florida State

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Clark drives Virginia past No. 5 Florida State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Kihei Clark scored 15 points, including a go-ahead layup with 59 seconds left, and Virginia ended No. 5 Florida State's 10-game winning streak, 61-56 on Tuesday night.

Mamadi Diakite had 19 points and nine rebounds for Virginia, which has won two straight after losing four of its previous five. That stretch raised questions about whether the defending national champions would even make the NCAA Tournament this year.

The game was tied 11 times and neither team could get any separation over the final 10 minutes. Virginia trailed 56-55 before Clark drove down the left side of the lane, reached across and banked his shot in on the right side. After Devin Vassell missed a jumper for the Seminoles, Mamadi Diakite hit a pair of free throws with 13.9 seconds left for Virginia (14-6, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

The Seminoles (17-3, 7-2) had two chances to tie it, but Wyatt Wilkes missed badly on a 3-point try from the top of the key and Trent Forrest also missed from the left corner. Braxton Key added a pair of free throws for Virginia.

Vassell led Florida State with 17 points. The loss was the Seminoles' first since Dec. 3 at Indiana.

Key added 13 points and nine boards for Virginia, which snapped a two-game slide against the Seminoles and split the season series.


Florida St.: Besides the overall winning streak, the Seminoles arrived at Virginia with an even more impressive one: they'd won nine consecutive overtime games overall, and 10 straight against ACC foes. All of the overtime contests in the streak have come against Power Five opponents.

Virginia: Coming off a seven 3-pointer performance in a victory at Wake Forest, Tomas Woldetensae caused a stir in the crowd with two first-half 3-pointers. Moments after his second 3, however, Woldetensae was whistled for his second personal foul and went to the bench with nearly nine minutes left in the half.


The Seminoles remain on the road, and in Virginia, playing at Virginia Tech on Saturday.

The Cavaliers don't play again until Clemson visits next Wednesday night.


Virginia guard Braxton Key rips jersey in frustration against Florida State

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Virginia guard Braxton Key rips jersey in frustration against Florida State

Virginia went into Tallahassee, Florida, and upset No. 5 Florida State Tuesday night. It was a much-needed win over a top opponent for the Cavaliers, but it wasn't all smiles for Tony Bennett's squad — especially for guard Braxton Key. 

Early in the second half, Key pump-faked a 3-pointer and drove to the rim. As a Seminole defender impeded his progress, Key pulled up for a floater in the lane but barreled over the opponent, and was called for an offensive foul.

When Key walked away, he pulled at the "Virginia" lettering across the front of the jersey and partially ripped it.

The senior guard played nearly three minutes with the torn jersey before play stopped for a media timeout.

During the timeout, Key pulled his mangled No. 2 jersey off and replaced it for a spare No. 42 top the team had. His jersey may have been torn, but the result was anything but a split decision as the Cavaliers upset the Florida State 61-56 to end the Seminoles' 10-game winning streak.