This week has been filled with excitement in the world of men’s basketball, as the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll released its latest rankings. Connecticut and Purdue remain at the top of the rankings, with Connecticut holding onto its number one spot and Purdue securing second place. Both teams have continued to dominate with impressive performances, earning them a significant amount of No. 1 votes.
Houston has made a remarkable climb back into the top three, just 12 points separating it from Marquette in fourth place and North Carolina in fifth. Arizona has risen to sixth place, while Kansas has dropped to seventh after a series of losses.
The top ten is rounded out by Duke, Tennessee, and Iowa State. South Carolina is making a strong push for a spot in the top ten after jumping nine places, while Kentucky and Wisconsin are moving in opposite directions after losing key games. After four straight losses, Wisconsin has dropped 12 spots, while Kentucky has fallen five spots following three consecutive home losses.
Indiana State has made a noteworthy entrance 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 after dropping out earlier in the season. Among those who have fallen out of the rankings are Utah State, San Diego State, New Mexico, Florida Atlantic, and Texas Tech.