December 15, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers guard Cameron Wright (3) and guard James Robinson (0) talk on the court against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. The Pittsburgh Panthers won 89-40.Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Joins College Basketball Coaches' Poll


College basketball coaches are finally beginning to take note of the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Jamie Dixon’s program cracked the coaches’ poll for the first time this season after spending most of the year as one of the leading vote-getters on the outside looking in. Pittsburgh checks in at No. 24 and is joined in the latest Top 25 by returning occupant N.C. State. New Mexico (No. 17) and North Carolina (No. 19) each spiraled out of the poll. The Lobos lost to Nate Wolters and South Dakota State at the Pit while the Tar Heels fell on the road to Texas.

Duke and Michigan retain the top two spots in the poll. The Blue Devils received  30 of 31 first-place votes while the Wolverines received the other. Michigan is followed by Louisville (No. 3), Arizona (No. 4) and Indiana (No. 5), which all moved up a spot as formerly third-ranked Syracuse dipped to seventh. The Orange racked up its first loss on Saturday against Temple.

Kansas, which slayed Ohio State in Columbus over the weekend, jumped from eighth to sixth while the Buckeyes sunk from seventh to tenth. Border War rival Missouri skipped from No. 12 to No. 9 after dealing Illinois its first loss in the Braggin’ Rights game. The Fighting Illini sagged from No. 10 to No. 15. Cincinnati climbed into the Top 10, scaling from No. 11 to No. 8, while Florida (No. 9 to No. 11) ducked out after losing to Kansas State in Kansas City.

Kentucky at No. 23 remains the only team in the poll with at least three losses.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Duke (30) 11-0 774
2 Michigan (1) 12-0 745
3 Louisville 11-1 682
3 Arizona 11-0 682
5 Indiana 11-1 648
6 Kansas 10-1 642
7 Syracuse 10-1 559
8 Cincinnati 12-0 543
9 Missouri 10-1 537
10 Ohio State 9-2 480
11 Florida 8-2 406
12 Creighton 11-1 395
13 Gonzaga 11-1 391
14 Minnesota 12-1 345
15 Illinois 12-1 330
16 San Diego State 11-1 327
17 UNLV 11-1 240
18 Georgetown 10-1 217
19 Michigan State 11-2 207
20 Notre Dame 12-1 181
21 Butler 9-2 136
22 Oklahoma State 10-1 129
23 Kentucky 8-3 108
24 Pittsburgh 12-1 97
25 North Carolina State 9-2 87

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