No. 2 Michigan State looks to seal part of the Big Ten title with win Tuesday

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25, while Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins.

The Cavaliers earned 42 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Monday.

No. 2 Michigan State earned 19 first-place votes, while No. 3 Villanova and No. 4 Xavier remained in the same spots ahead of the fifth-ranked Blue Devils.

The week included Middle Tennessee making its first AP Top 25 appearance at No. 24.

No. 2 Michigan State can seal a share of the Big Ten title with a win at home against Illinois.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo has seven conference championships, but hasn't won one since 2012.

If Michigan State avoids upset by the Fighting Illini and wins at Wisconsin, the program will have its first outright Big Ten title since 2009.

The Spartans have won 10 straight since losing to rival Michigan last month.