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'Hoos Ranked 20th in AP Poll

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For the first time since the second week of the season the UVa men's basketball team is back in the national rankings, ranked 20th in the Associated Press poll and 21st in the USA Today Coaches poll.

With less than a second on the clock, Virginia basketball's Malcolm Brogdon made game winning shot to ice the Wahoo's 48-45 win over #18 Pittsburgh. 

Brogdon made a shot that doesn't always fall in practice. UVa head coach Tony Bennett said, "It's a good play for us, we don't always make it."

The signature win puts the Cavaliers on a 5 game winning streak, after a lucky bounce helped Duke beat them three weeks ago.

"We've been on the other end of that," said Bennett. "We've seen that, so whenever you're on the correct side it feels good because it really was such a hard fought game."

Neither Pitt nor Virginia led by more than four points the entire match-up. 

Virginia's defense halted the Panthers. Pitt wasn't able to hit any field goals for the final 6:52 of the contest. 

Bennett said, "To do that not only at the start of the game or half of a possession in a game, the whole game. At the end when it is getting down to that time, that's gratifying, and I think our guys really put it on the line."   

The Cavaliers are now ranked 20th after taking down Pitt. Next up for the 'Hoos is Boston College at John Paul Jones Arena Wednesday night. Even though the Eagles are 2-6 in ACC play, Bennett knows that any team in the ACC is capable of sneaking up on you.

"They've played in some close games," said Bennett. "I know their record doesn't indicate it...Just continuing along the path we're going on and I think we have a formula we need to adhere to. I think our guys, I hope, will be real hungry to be back home and play in front of the crowd."

Virginia is 17-5 overall.   UVa's 8-1 record in the ACC is the team's best start in conference play since the 1981-82 season.

Last week the Cavaliers won at Notre Dame.

Virginia began the season ranked 24th in the AP poll and 25th in the Coaches poll.

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