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
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Virginia (30)23-21,557
2Michigan State (21)24-31,527
3Villanova (9)23-21,518
4Xavier (5)23-31,465
5Cincinnati23-21,359
6Purdue23-41,269
7Texas Tech21-41,258
8Ohio State22-51,094
9Gonzaga23-41,063
10Auburn22-31,025
11Clemson20-4945
12Duke20-5942
13Kansas19-6816
14North Carolina19-7763
15Saint Mary's24-3683
16Rhode Island20-3666
17Arizona20-6594
18Tennessee18-6580
19Wichita State19-5495
20West Virginia18-7339
21Texas A&M17-8241
22Michigan20-7239
23Oklahoma16-8152
24Nevada21-587
25Arizona State19-683