Virginia has climbed to No. 1 in the AP men's basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years.

The Cavaliers earned 30 of 65 first-place votes in Monday's latest poll to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State. Virginia had suffered an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that saw the top three teams lose.

But Tony Bennett's Cavaliers rose above the turmoil at the top, climbing a slot to No. 1 for the first time since December 1982 — the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson.

The Spartans climbed two slots after their win against Purdue, while last week's No. 1 Villanova fell to third after a home loss to St. John's.

Xavier and Cincinnati rounded out the top five.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Virginia (30) 23-2 1,557
2 Michigan State (21) 24-3 1,527
3 Villanova (9) 23-2 1,518
4 Xavier (5) 23-3 1,465
5 Cincinnati 23-2 1,359
6 Purdue 23-4 1,269
7 Texas Tech 21-4 1,258
8 Ohio State 22-5 1,094
9 Gonzaga 23-4 1,063
10 Auburn 22-3 1,025
11 Clemson 20-4 945
12 Duke 20-5 942
13 Kansas 19-6 816
14 North Carolina 19-7 763
15 Saint Mary's 24-3 683
16 Rhode Island 20-3 666
17 Arizona 20-6 594
18 Tennessee 18-6 580
19 Wichita State 19-5 495
20 West Virginia 18-7 339
21 Texas A&M 17-8 241
22 Michigan 20-7 239
23 Oklahoma 16-8 152
24 Nevada 21-5 87
25 Arizona State 19-6 83