Duke and Michigan are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the latest coaches’ poll released on Monday, marking the first time this season that a team other than Indiana has headlined the Top 25.
The Blue Devils took 30 of the 31 first-place votes while the Wolverines notched the remaining one. Indiana sunk to No. 6, the same spot whereto the Hoosiers fell in the AP Poll. Syracuse climbed one spot to No. 3, Louisville rose two spots to No. 4 and Arizona, coming off its last-second win over Florida last weekend, jumped three spots to No. 5.
Ohio State (No. 7), Kansas (No. 8), Florida (No. 9) and undefeated Illinois (No. 10) round out the Top 10. The Buckeyes and Jayhawks will meet on Saturday in Columbus as an encore to a pair of classic games played between the two teams last season–first in Lawrence and again in the Final Four. Kansas won both meetings.
Cincinnati (No. 11) and Missouri (No. 12) flip-flopped outside the Top 10. New Mexico surged three spots from No. 20 to No. 17, bumping down UNLV (No. 18) and North Carolina (t-No.19 with Michigan State). Kentucky, despite three losses, remains in the poll at No. 23.
Butler sneaked into the poll for the first time, replacing at No. 25 North Carolina State, which thumped Norfolk State in its only game of the week. The Wolfpack are joined by the Pittsburgh Panthers on the doorstep of the rankings.
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