NCAA Basketball Rankings: New Mexico Enters Coaches Poll At No. 21

The New Mexico Lobos entered the Coach Top 25 at No. 21.

The latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 Poll is out and the New Mexico Lobos are in this week's rankings after defeating the San Diego St. Aztecs and the UNLV Rebels, the latter by 20 points, last week. The Lobos now hold a two-game lead over the Aztecs and the Rebels with four games to go before the Mountain West tournament.

The Rebels dropped from No. 11 to No. 20 with losses to New Mexico and to TCU. San Diego State dropped 10 spots from No. 15 to No. 25 with losses to New Mexico and Air Force.

The Kentucky Wildcats, the Syracuse Orange, the Missouri Tigers, the Duke Blue Devils and the Kansas Jayhawks all remain in the top five spots, respectively.

No Pac-12 team is in the top 25, but the Cal Bears did receive 21 points.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week
1.
Kentucky (31)
26-1
775
1
2.
Syracuse
27-1
744
2
3.
Missouri
25-2
713
3
4.
Duke
23-4
662
4
5.
Kansas
22-5
644
5
6.
Michigan State
22-5
613
8
7.
North Carolina
23-4
592
7
8.
Georgetown
20-5
539
9
9.
Ohio State
22-5
504
6
10.
Marquette
22-5
485
13
11.
Florida
21-6
454
12
12.
Murray State
26-1
416
14
13.
Michigan
20-7
377
19
14.
Baylor
22-5
374
10
15.
Wisconsin
20-7
292
17
16.
Florida State
19-7
290
21
17.
Louisville
21-6
277
18
18.
Notre Dame
19-8
223
25
19.
Wichita State
24-4
183
NR
20.
UNLV
22-6
174
11
21.
New Mexico
22-4
142
NR
22.
Temple
21-5
114
NR
23.
Saint Mary's
23-5
101
16
24.
Indiana
20-7
81
20
25.
San Diego State
20-6
76
15

Dropped out
No. 22 Virginia, No. 23 Mississippi State, No. 24 Gonzaga.

Others receiving votes

Virginia (20-6) 73; Creighton (23-5) 51; California (22-6) 21; Gonzaga (21-5) 13; Saint Louis (22-5) 11; Harvard (23-3) 10; Mississippi State (19-8) 10; Drexel (23-5) 9; Vanderbilt (19-8) 9; Kansas State (18-8) 8; Middle Tennessee (24-4) 6; Long Beach State (19-7) 3; Virginia Commonwealth (23-6) 2; Weber State (22-4) 2; Iowa State (19-8) 1; Nevada (22-5) 1.

For more college basketball as we approach March Madness, visit SB Nation NCAA Basketball.

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