Clemson drops four spots in AP Top 25


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Clemson drops four spots in AP Top 25

Clemson dropped four spots in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.

The Tigers (20-6, 9-5 ACC) had ascended to the highest ranking yet in the Brad Brownell era (No. 11), but after an overtime loss at Florida State and a home loss to new No. 5 Duke last week, they fell to No. 15.

Florida State entered the new poll at No. 25, while Virginia stayed atop the rankings for a second-straight week. Clemson owns wins over the currently-ranked No. 10 UNC (home) and No. 16 Ohio State (road) and hosts Florida State to round out its home ACC slate (2/28).

The Tigers dropped five spots from No. 12 to No. 17 in Monday's Coaches Poll, where Duke checks at No. 5, Ohio State at No. 15 and UNC, No. 10.

Despite going 0-2, Clemson maintained its NCAA Tournament projections going into the week, as a 3-seed.

Clemson has been ranked in eight consecutive polls this season.

The Tigers return to action Wednesday at Virginia Tech (19-8, 8-6 ACC record; 7 p.m. tip/RSN TV).

AP Top 25 - Feb. 19
Rnk Team Record Pts Prv
1. Virginia (42) 24-2 1601 1
2. Michigan St. (19) 26-3 1565 2
3. Villanova (4) 24-3 1509 3
4. Xavier 24-4 1398 4
5. Duke 22-5 1292 12
6. Texas Tech 22-5 1206 7
6. Gonzaga 25-4 1206 9
8. Kansas 21-6 1166 13
9. Purdue 24-5 1130 6
10. North Carolina 21-7 1074 14
11. Cincinnati 23-4 954 5
12. Auburn 23-4 873 10
13. Wichita St. 21-5 870 19
14. Arizona 21-6 831 17
15. Clemson 20-6 683 11
16. Ohio St. 22-7 680 8
17. Michigan 22-7 615 22
18. Rhode Island 21-4 455 16
19. Tennessee 19-7 427 18
20. Nevada 23-5 330 24
21. West Virginia 19-8 329 20
22. Saint Mary's (Cal) 25-4 291 15
23. Houston 21-5 263 -
24. Middle Tennessee 22-5 87 -
25. Florida St. 19-8 63 -
Others receiving votes: Baylor 52, Kentucky 33, Arizona St 32, Arkansas 23, UCLA 20, St. Bonaventure 13, Virginia Tech 12, Creighton 10, Penn St. 6, Kansas St 5, Missouri 5, Texas A&M 4, TCU 4, Butler 2, Loyola of Chicago 2, Alabama 1, Oklahoma 1, Boise St. 1, ETSU 1.

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