College basketball has a new #1 team following Kentucky's loss to UCLA last week - that honor belongs to Michigan State. But even though they didn't drop below Villanova, the Wildcats were still able to move up in the rankings this week to #6 in the Coaches Poll. That came at the expense of Kansas, which fell one spot despite not losing a game. Maryland's close loss to North Carolina also sent the Terps spiraling down to #9 - a bit harsh given their performance in Chapel Hill. Villanova also nabbed two first place votes in the poll, so thanks coaches!
In the AP Poll, Villanova actually dropped one spot to #9 despite winning their sole game. North Carolina's win over Maryland made the Wildcats, Oklahoma and Duke all victims, as it jumped the Tar Heels up to #3 while only dropping Maryland to #6.
In Big East news, Xavier is now ranked #12/13, while Providence saw a big jump to #15/18 and Butler rose to #18/21. Georgetown is still on the outside looking in despite an impressive victory over Syracuse on the weekend.
Full rankings below:
USA TODAY Coaches Poll
|1||Michigan State Spartans (26)||9-0||765|
|2||Iowa State Cyclones (2)||6-0||668|
|3||North Carolina Tar Heels||7-1||631|
|5||Duke Blue Devils||8-1||620|
|6||Villanova Wildcats (2)||7-0||615|
|9||Maryland Terrapins (1)||7-1||602|
|14||West Virginia Mountaineers||7-0||371|
|20||Miami (FL) Hurricanes||7-1||198|
|25||Texas A&M Aggies||7-2||58|
|Also Receiving Votes: Syracuse 47, Connecticut 39, UNLV 33, South Carolina 29, Dayton 20, George Washington 17, Pittsburgh 12, Saint Mary's 11, Iowa 7, Davidson 6, Georgetown 6, UCLA 5, California 4, Florida 3, Indiana 2, LSU 2, Colorado 1, Kansas State 1|
|Dropped Out: No. 19 Syracuse|
|1||Michigan State (62)||9-0||1,617|
|3||North Carolina (2)||7-1||1,425|
|Also Receiving Votes: Connecticut 82, Syracuse 78, Texas A&M 69, George Washington 60, UNLV 40, UCLA 19, South Carolina 15, Dayton 7, Arkansas-Little Rock 5, Georgetown 4, Florida 4, Pittsburgh 3, Iowa 3, Northwestern 2, Indiana 2, Notre Dame 1, Navy 1|
|Dropped Out: Syracuse 14, Texas A&M 18|