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Three among top 10 for first time since end of 2011-12 season
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference enters the final week of college basketball regular season with four teams among the top 15 in the Associated Press’ national rankings.
No other conference has more than one team ranked in the AP Top 10.
Duke (23-6, 12-4) held the No. 4 spot in the AP poll released Monday, followed No. 5 Virginia (25-5, 16-1), No. 7 Syracuse (26-3, 13-3) and No. 14 North Carolina (22-7, 12-4).
It marks the first time since Feb. 23, 2009 that four ACC teams have been ranked among the nation’s top 15. That week found North Carolina at No. 4, Duke at No. 7, Clemson at No. 12 and Wake Forest at No. 13.
Three ACC teams were last ranked among the nation’s top 10 at the end of the 2011-12 season, when North Carolina held the No. 4 position, and Duke was at No. 8 and Florida State at No. 10.
The current ranking for Virginia, which currently owns a 13-game winning streak and has secured the No. 1 seed for next week’s ACC Tournament, is its highest since being ranked No. 4 on Dec. 31, 2001.