Gonzaga is the new No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, completing a program-first clean sweep atop the polls. AP voters also tabbed the small northwestern school as the nation’s top team in their Top 25 list.
The Bulldogs pulled in 29 of the 31 first-place votes while Kansas (No. 3) and Louisville (No. 6) each landed one of the remaining two. Louisville’s first-place vote marks the first time ever a team ranked lower than fifth earned a No. 1 vote while the second-ranked school did not.
Indiana (No. 2), Duke (No. 4) and Georgetown (No. 5) round out the Top 5. The Hoosiers and Blue Devils each slipped just one spot, losers during the week before recovering with big wins over the weekend. Indiana silenced Iowa on Saturday after falling to Minnesota on the road earlier in the week while Duke axed revenge on Miami less than 48 hours after losing to Virginia in Charlottesville. Georgetown, which sits alone in the high chair of the Big East, has won 11 straight games.
Miami held serve at No. 7 despite losing on Saturday in Durham. The Canes are followed by Michigan, which sunk from fourth to eighth thanks to a stigmatizing loss in Happy Valley, Florida, which dropped three spots from sixth to ninth, and Kansas State, which crept into the Top 10 for the first time this season. The Wildcats survived bubble straddler Baylor in Waco on a Rodney McGruder’s trey to beat the buzzer.
Butler (No. 21) and Akron (No. 24) each fell out of the poll. The Bulldogs were thumped over the weekend by Virginia Commonwealth while the Zips had their nation-best 19-game winning streak snapped in Buffalo.
Pittsburgh, big winners in overtime over feisty in-state rival Villanova on Saturday, rejoined the poll at No. 22 after a one-week absence. The Panthers are joined by Oregon (No. 25), which is back following a two-week retreat.
UCLA, the Pac-12 co-leader fresh off big wins over Arizona State and Arizona in the week, was curiously omitted from the poll. Louisiana Tech, which sports the nation’s longest active winning streak at 18 games, was always shut out despite winning both of its games by an average of 25 points.
Middle Tennessee, which finished its season 27-4 and closed on a 16-game winning streak, was the top leading vote getter on the periphery of the poll.
|USA Today Coaches Poll|
- Others receiving votes: Middle Tennessee 51, UCLA 42, Louisiana Tech 41, North Carolina 28, Butler 18, Creighton 10, UNLV 9, Oklahoma 7, San Diego State 7, Illinois 6, Akron 6, Colorado State 5, Belmont 4, Minnesota 3, Virginia 2, California 2