After a week filled with exciting events in men’s basketball, the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll has undergone some familiar changes. The top two spots remain held by Connecticut and Purdue, with the defending champion Huskies maintaining their position at the top and the Boilermakers securing second place. Both teams have been impressive with dominant performances, which has been reflected in the number of No. 1 votes they have received.
Houston has climbed back to third place, with just 12 poll points separating them from Marquette, which has made an impressive leap to fourth spot. North Carolina has slipped to fifth after losing to Clemson, while Arizona and Kansas have both seen movements in the rankings. Arizona moved up to sixth place, while Kansas dropped down to seventh following a series of losses.
The top 10 is rounded out by Duke, Tennessee, and Iowa State. South Carolina is making a strong case for a place in the top 10 after jumping up nine places following a win over Clemson. Kentucky and Wisconsin are moving in opposite directions after losing four games each – Kentucky fell five spots following three consecutive home losses, while Wisconsin 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. Other teams that have regained positions in the rankings include Saint Mary’s, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Colorado State. Among those that recently dropped out of the poll were Utah State, San Diego State, New Mexico, Florida Atlantic