College Basketball: Few Changes in Latest Coaches' Poll


Only minor tweaks and shuffling in the rankings highlighted the newest coaches’ poll, which consists of the same 25 teams this week as it did last.

Illinois (No. 10) and Gonzaga (No. 14) mark the only changes in the Top 15. The two schools switched places after the Illini upset the Bulldogs in Spokane over the weekend.

Minnesota made the biggest climb, vaulting from No. 21 to No. 16 after handling South Dakota State and USC last week. North Carolina dipped from No. 16 to No. 18 despite winning its only game of the week (vs. East Tennessee State). Kentucky, meanwhile, suffered a delayed plung after inexplicably checking in at No. 19 in last week’s rankings. The Wildcats fell three spots (No. 19 to No. 22) in a week that included a pair of blowout wins over Samford and Portland.

N.C.  State (No. 24) and Notre  Dame (No. 25) swap spots at the bottom of the poll. Georgetown moved up two spots from No. 23 to No. 21 despite another anemic offensive performance, this time against Towson. Michigan State also climbed two spots from No. 19 to No. 17.

Don’t try to make much sense of this week’s coaches’ poll, which consists of more untimely cosmetic changes than you’ll see in a year in the AP poll. Take it for what it’s worth and enjoy the unintended humor it offers.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Indiana (25) 9-0 769
2 Duke (6) 9-0 749
3 Michigan 9-0 705
4 Syracuse 8-0 663
5 Florida 7-0 644
6 Louisville 8-1 609
7 Ohio State 6-1 586
8 Arizona 7-0 568
9 Kansas 7-1 537
10 Illinois 10-0 465
11 Missouri 8-1 450
12 Cincinnati 9-0 447
13 Creighton 9-1 338
14 Gonzaga 9-1 325
15 San Diego State 7-1 292
16 Minnesota 10-1 225
17 UNLV 7-1 224
18 North Carolina 7-2 222
19 Michigan State 8-2 213
20 New Mexico 10-0 207
21 Georgetown 7-1 163
22 Kentucky 6-3 125
23 Oklahoma State 7-1 116
24 Notre Dame 8-1 110
25 North Carolina State 6-2 93

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