A day after the Virginia men’s basketball team claimed a 67-54 win at Oregon to improve its record to 9-1, the Cavaliers jumped into the Associated Press top 25 rankings at No. 24. This marks the first time Virginia has been ranked in the AP top 25 poll since November 2007.
While the Cavaliers’ start has made an impression on the voters in the AP poll, it has done little to stir the coaches that vote in the USA Today Coaches’ poll. Virginia earned 19 votes in the latest coaches’ poll; Harvard, which came in at No. 25, garnered 53 votes.
Led by preseason all-ACC forward Mike Scott, who is averaging 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, and a defense that has yet to allow an opponent to reach 60 points, the Cavaliers are off to their best start since the 2003-04 campaign.
Virginia continues its West Coast swing Wednesday when it plays at Seattle (2-7). Last season, Seattle upset the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, 59-53.