'Hoos Jump to No. 5 in Latest AP Poll

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

March 3, 2014

The University of Virginia men's basketball team's win over Syracuse on Saturday stood out in the minds of many voters in polls, who ranked the Cavaliers as No. 5 in the rankings.

"It seemed like the team really came together. They were working pretty efficiently," UVa third-year Ian Uriguen said. "It seems like we had some good players, breakout players."

The Associated Press college basketball poll and USA Today's coaches' poll both ranked UVa as No. 5 in the nation. The ranking is the Hoos' first top 10 appearance since 2002.

"Being my last year at UVa, it was awesome to finish with that big win over Syracuse," fifth-year student Luke Noble said. "I ran on the court. It felt good to be my last home game here, so I'm pretty pumped to see them go this far."

The win over Syracuse gave the Cavaliers their first ACC title since 1981.

"This was the first year I went to any games, but they were amazing and it's a lot of fun to watch them play," fourth-year student Sarah Paul said.

With 13 wins in a row, the Cavaliers continue to impress fans, and it's not hard to start thinking about March Madness action.

"I definitely have us in the Sweet Sixteen, and from there on, who knows what happens," UVa alum Steven Rooda said.

"We're the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament, so if we can win the ACC Tournament, I think we'd be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, which would be sweet," Noble said> "And that would give us a great chance to at least make it to the Final Four."

The men's basketball team wraps up its regular season at Maryland on Sunday. Tipoff is at noon, and the game airs on CBS19.

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