The past week in men’s basketball has seen some significant changes in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. The top two teams, Connecticut and Purdue, remain unchanged, with the Huskies retaining their number one spot and the Boilermakers holding onto second place. Both teams have continued to impress with their dominating performances, which is reflected in the number of first-place votes they have received.
Houston has climbed back into the top three after a strong performance, while there is a close battle for fourth place between Marquette and North Carolina. Arizona and Kansas have also moved up and down in the rankings, with Arizona rising to sixth and Kansas falling to seventh.
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 nine places, while Kentucky and Wisconsin have been moving in opposite directions. After losing four games in a row, Wisconsin has dropped 12 spots, while Kentucky has fallen five places following three consecutive home losses.
Indiana State has made a notable entry into the poll at number 24, marking their first ranking since their historic 1979 season. Saint Mary’s, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Colorado State have also regained positions in the rankings. Among those who have dropped out are Utah State, San Diego State, New Mexico, Florida Atlantic, and Texas Tech.
Overall, it was an eventful week in men’s basketball that led to some familiar changes in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.