The latest developments in men’s basketball have brought about some familiar changes in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. Connecticut and Purdue remain the top two teams, with the defending champions maintaining their positions and the Boilermakers securing second place. Both teams have been impressive with their dominating performances, which has been reflected in the number of No. 1 votes they have received.
Houston has climbed back to third position after a strong performance, while there is a close battle between fourth and fifth place, with just 12 poll points separating Marquette and North Carolina. Arizona has also moved up to sixth position, while Kansas has dropped down to seventh.
Duke, Tennessee, and Iowa State round out the top 10 spots in the rankings. South Carolina is making a strong case for entry into the top 10 after jumping nine places following a win over Clemson. Kentucky and Wisconsin are moving in opposite directions after losing four games each – Kentucky falling five spots following three consecutive home losses, while Wisconsin has dropped 12 positions after losing four games in a row.
Indiana State made a notable entrance into the poll at No. 24, marking their first ranking since their historic 1979 season. Saint Mary’s, Oklahoma, Virginia, Colorado State have regained positions in the rankings after falling off earlier this season. Among those who fell off were Utah State, San Diego State, New Mexico, Florida Atlantic and Texas Tech.
Overall it seems that there is still much movement happening within men’s basketball as teams continue to perform well or struggle depending on their match-ups.
The recent eventful week in men’s basketball led to familiar changes in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll