Virginia started the season by winning 16 of its first 19 games -- including true road games at Louisville, Notre Dame and California. So it looked like Tony Bennett was on his way to a fourth straight top-two finish in the ACC.
It doesn’t look that way anymore, though.
The Cavaliers have lost three straight games and five of their past seven -- and the past two losses have been double-digit defeats. They were thrashed Saturday at North Carolina. The final score was 65-41. So now Virginia is 18-8 overall, 8-6 in the ACC, sixth in the league standings and 19th in the Top 25 (and one).
The complete Top 25 (and one) is below.
|The Zags own four top-25 RPI wins and seven top-50 RPI wins. They've won 25 of their 28 games by double-digits - including each of the past 20.||--||28-4|
|The Wildcats have clinched at least a share of their fourth straight Big East title. Their resume features nine top-50 RPI victories.||--||30-8|
|The Jayhawks now have a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings with just four regular-season games remaining. They're about to win their 13th straight league title.||--||34-6|
|The Bears are 8-3 vs. top-50 RPI teams. Two of those three losses came to Kansas.||--||27-7|
|The Ducks have won three straight games since losing at UCLA. They're 6-2 against top-50 RPI teams.||--||20-15|
|The Wildcats have won 19 of their past 20 games. The lone loss in that stretch is a loss at Oregon.||--||33-4|
|The Cardinals have nine top-60 RPI wins and zero losses to currently unranked teams. Their best wins are victories over Duke, Kentucky and Purdue.||--||13-19|
|The Blue Devils have won seven straight games since losing to NC State. They're 18-2 with Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski on the sideline.||--||32-7|
|The Bruins avenged an earlier loss to USC by beating the Trojans 102-70 late Saturday. They'll take a five-game winning streak into Thursday's game with Arizona State.||--||27-8|
|The Tar Heels are 11-2 in the ACC and alone atop the league standings. They're 9-3 vs. top-50 RPI teams with two sub-50 losses.||--||29-10|
|The Mountaineers needed double-overtime to beat Texas Tech on Saturday. They're 5-2 against top-50 RPI teams.||--||16-17|
|The Wildcats have won four straight games since losing at Florida. They're 6-5 vs. top-50 RPI teams.||--||26-8|
|Caleb Swanigan finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds in Saturday's win over Michigan State. The sophomore has 23 double-doubles in 27 games.||1||29-8|
|The Gators will take an eight-game winning streak into Tuesday's game with South Carolina. They're 12-2 in the SEC and tied with Kentucky atop the league standings.||1||20-14|
|The Irish will take a four-game winning streak into their rematch with Georgia Tech. They're shooting 81.6 percent from the free throw line, which ranks first nationally.||1||24-11|
|The Badgers have dropped two straight games and fallen into a three-way tie for first in the Big Ten standings. Bronson Koenig did not play in Thursday's loss at Michigan.||2||25-8|
|The Bearcats have won 24 straight home games. They've only lost once in the past 10 weeks.||2||18-15|
|The Seminoles' resume now includes four sub-50 losses. They'll take a two-game losing streak into Monday's game with Boston College.||1||17-14|
|The Cavaliers have lost three straight games and five of their past seven. But they still have the nation's most efficient defense, according to KenPom.||6||21-14|
|The Bulldogs' weird resume now features six top-50 RPI wins and four sub-50 losses. They've beaten Villanova and Arizona but lost to Indiana State and St. John's.||--||14-19|
|The Gaels have only lost twice in the past two months. Both of those losses were to top-ranked Gonzaga.||--||26-8|
|The Trojans only have two sub-20 RPI losses on their resume. They own victories over UCLA and SMU.||--||26-8|
|The Mustangs have only lost once since Nov. 30. That lone loss is a 66-64 loss at Cincinnati.||--||24-9|
|The Terrapins' win at Northwestern doubled as their second top-50 RPI road win. They're 3-1 vs. top-50 RPI teams with three sub-25 losses.||--||15-17|
|The Bluejays lost at Seton Hall on Wednesday. They've dropped two of their past three games and are just 3-4 without Maurice Watson.||1||23-12|
|The Cyclones will take a three-game winning streak into Monday's game at Texas Tech. They're tied for second in the Big 12 standings.||NR||22-13|