Nov 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Nick Kazemi (14) reacts during the game against the Cal Poly Mustangs at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

College Basketball: UCLA Drops Out, Kentucky Remains in Coaches’ Poll


It’s that time of year when the coaches’ poll–always good for a laugh–becomes a hodgepodge of carelessly “ranked” teams, when the coaches themselves stop taking their votes seriously.

Exhibit A: Kentucky’s inclusion in the latest Top 25. Despite losing twice in one week–both against unranked opponents–the Wildcats check in at No. 19 in week 5 of the coaches’ poll. Kentucky is the first three-loss team ranked in the Top 25 this early in the season since November of 2005, when a 2-3 Arizona team was No. 24 in the writers’ poll and No. 25 in the coaches’ poll. The Cats are also the first three-loss team as of week 5 to ever crack the Top 20 in either poll.

Colorado (formerly No. 19) and UCLA (formerly No. 24) are the only two schools to dip out of the rankings, despite each only losing once in the last week. Colorado lost to Wyoming on the road while UCLA fell to San Diego State in Anaheim. Taking their place, Minnesota (No. 21) surges into the poll for the first time this season and Notre Dame (No. 25) returns to the list for the first time in three weeks.

Indiana received 25 of 31 first-place votes, retaining the top spot for the fifth consecutive week. Duke, which rallied to beat Ohio State in Cameron Indoor Stadium, received the other six. The Blue Devils, which grabbed two extra first-place votes from the week before, register at No. 2 for the second straight week, followed by Michigan (No. 3), Syracuse (No. 4) and Florida (No. 5).

Illinois (No. 22 to No. 14) made the biggest jump in the poll from week 4 to week 5. The Fighting Illini knocked off Georgia Tech in their lone game of the week, pulling away late to score a win for the Big Ten in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Indiana (25) 8-0 768
2 Duke (6) 8-0 749
3 Michigan 7-0 701
4 Syracuse 5-0 660
5 Florida 6-0 629
6 Louisville 6-1 612
7 Ohio State 5-1 598
8 Arizona 5-0 564
9 Kansas 6-1 534
10 Gonzaga 8-0 522
11 Missouri 6-1 427
12 Cincinnati 7-0 415
13 Creighton 7-1 299
14 Illinois 8-0 283
15 San Diego State 5-1 270
16 North Carolina 6-2 248
17 Michigan State 6-2 222
18 UNLV 5-1 210
19 Kentucky 4-3 196
20 New Mexico 8-0 182
21 Minnesota 8-1 149
22 Oklahoma State 5-1 122
23 Georgetown 5-1 121
24 North Carolina State 4-2 115
25 Notre Dame 7-1 92

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