The men’s basketball rankings have undergone some significant changes in the latest USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. The top two spots remain occupied by Connecticut and Purdue, with the defending champions holding on to the top spot and the Boilermakers securing the second position. Both teams have continued to dominate with impressive performances, which has been reflected in their number of No. 1 votes.
Houston has made a remarkable climb back to No. 3, with just 12 poll points separating them from the next four spots. Marquette has also made an impressive leap to No. 4, while North Carolina has slipped to fifth after losing to Clemson. Arizona and Kansas have both seen movements in the rankings, with Arizona moving up to No. 6 and Kansas dropping down to seventh.
The top ten is rounded out by Duke, Tennessee, and Iowa State, with South Carolina making a strong case for inclusion in the top ten after jumping nine places. However, Kentucky and Wisconsin have been moving in opposite directions after losing four in a row and five spots respectively due to home losses.
Indiana State has entered the poll at No. 24, marking their first ranking since their historic 1979 season. Saint Mary’s, Oklahoma, Virginia, Colorado State have also regained positions in the rankings after recent dropouts such as Utah State, San Diego State, New Mexico Florida Atlantic Texas Tech.
In conclusion, men’s basketball continues to be full of surprises as teams move up or down depending on their performance on court over the past week.