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ACC Boasts Two Teams in Top Three

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The Kentucky Wildcats (29-0) remain undefeated and the unanimous top team in the country again, but it’s two teams from the ACC that are gaining steam.

Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers (27-1) will have to wait until a potential championship matchup in the ACC Tournament in order to get a shot at avenging their only loss of the season against a Duke Blue Devils (26-3) team rounding into peak shape right in time for March Madness.

Statistically speaking the Cavaliers don’t jump out on paper in any offensive category, their highest ranking (60th) comes courtesy of the offensive glass. What Virginia does better than any team in the country however is what Tony’s father, Dick, preached and practiced every single day of his stellar coaching career–defend, defend, and defend. The Cavaliers allow a mere 50 points per contest, proving once again that defense wins championships. Virginia locked up the ACC regular season championship last night by beating Syracuse, but they have two more championship moments in mind.

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AP Top 25 for Week 17

Bennett's Cavaliers continue to rack up wins with tough defense.

Bennett’s Cavaliers continue to rack up wins with tough defense.

1. Kentucky 29-0

2. Virginia 27-1

3. Duke 26-3

4. Villanova 27-2

5. Arizona 26-3

6. Wisconsin 26-3

7. Gonzaga 29-2

8. Wichita State 27-3

9. Kansas 23-6

10. Maryland 24-5

The Terrapins could be a major factor come tourney time.

March Madness is Coming!

11. Northern Iowa 27-3

12. Notre Dame 24-5

13. Utah 22-6

14. Baylor 22-7

15. Oklahoma 20-8

16. Louisville 23-6

17. Iowa State 20-8

18. Arkansas 23-6

19. North Carolina 20-9

20. West Virginia 22-7

The Bulldogs are ready.

The Bulldogs are ready.

21. Butler 21-8

22. SMU 23-6

23. Ohio State 21-8

24. Providence 20-9

25. Murray State 26-4

 

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