UVa rises to number one in A.P. college basketball poll
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) - Not even an overtime loss to rival Virginia Tech Saturday night at home could prevent Virginia from climbing to NUMBER 1 in the nation for the first time in more than 35 years.
The Cavaliers got 30 first-place votes to 21 for runner-up Michigan State in this week's AP poll, the Spartans are number one in the USA Today coaches poll with Virginia third. In A.P., Villanova fell to third, then Xavier and Cincinnati. Virginia Tech received votes and is 30th this week.
The number one ranking is a great accomplishment for UVa, but there's no time to really enjoy it.
The Cavs play on the road at a very good Miami team Tuesday night at 9.
Tony Bennett was asked what he learned about his team from last week's come-from-behind win at Florida State, then the overtime loss to the Hokies.
Tony Bennett, VIRGINIA HEAD COACH (CAVALIERS 23-2, 12-1 ACC), said "They play hard. Their heart and their fight is good and their character is good. They handled success well and they handled failure well. And I think that's really good in terms of how they handled it."