The carousel atop the USA Today Coaches’ Poll has returned back to its starting position.
After outlasting Michigan in a thriller over the weekend in Bloomington, Indiana reclaimed the No. 1 ranking it held for the first five weeks of the season. The Hoosiers, who garnered 25 of 31 first-place votes, leaped the Wolverines and previously top-ranked Kansas, which fell to Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse. Michigan slipped just one spot from second to third while the Jayhawks dropped four places to fifth.
Florida weighs in at No. 2, recipients of the remaining six first-place votes. The Gators have ripped off ten straight wins by an average of 24 points per game. Duke moved up to fourth, one better than its ranking last week. The Blue Devils were impressive in a 19-point thumping of Florida State in Tallahassee.
Gonzaga (No. 6), Arizona (No. 7), Michigan State (No. 8), Syracuse (No. 9) and Ohio State (No. 10) complete the latest Top 10. With the ascension of the Buckeyes, the Big Ten now owns four teams in the Top 10 for the first time this season. Minnesota (No. 18) gives the power conference five schools in the Top 20, two more than the next closest conference — the Big East with three.
The upward mobility for Miami continued, though not to the extent it did in the associate AP Poll. The Hurricanes jumped from No. 15 to No. 11 in the coaches’ poll, three spots lower than their No. 8 ranking as determined by the writers. Jim Larranaga’s team remained undefeated in ACC play over the weekend thanks to a late tip-in against N.C. State. Oregon and Mississippi, the other two big movers a week ago, weren’t as fortunate. The Ducks and Rebels each lost twice and slid to No.19 and No.23, respectively.
No.21 Georgetown rejoined the poll this week along with fellow Big East member Pittsburgh, which sneaked into the poll in a two-way tie with San Diego State at No. 25. Oklahoma State (No. 24), fresh off its win signature road win at the “Phog,” also surged into the Top 25. N.C. State (previously No. 19) and Marquette (No. 25), losers in Louisville on Sunday, dropped out of the poll.
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- Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 47, Colorado State 38, Marquette 38, Virginia Commonwealth 33, Wisconsin 25, North Carolina State 24, Memphis 19, Saint Mary’s 18, Southern Miss 13, UNLV 12, Belmont 7, Louisiana Tech 6, Middle Tennessee 4, Kentucky 4, UCLA 4, Oklahoma 2, Akron 2, Saint Louis 1
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