The Duke Blue Devils returned to the No. 1 spot in the NCAA Basketball Rankings for the Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils had been consistently at No. 5 with the Ohio St. Buckeyes remaining in the spot until last week when they lost their first game of the season. The Kansas Jayhawks took over the top spot but lasted only one week there.
It was an interesting week for the top four teams in the rankings as they all lost one game over the last week. It started on Tuesday when the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks lost to in-state rival Kansas St. On Saturday, No. 2 Texas lost to Nebraska and No. 4 Pittsburgh lost to St. John's. On Sunday, No. 3 Ohio State lost to the Purdue Boilermakers.
With Duke at the top with 19 first-place votes, Kansas dropped to No. 2 and one first-place vote. The Buckeyes stayed at No. 3 and received four-first place votes. The San Diego St. Aztecs moved up to No. 4 and took three first-place votes. Texas and Pittsburgh dropped to No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Pittsburgh still took four first-place votes.
The BYU Cougars moved up one spot to No. 7. They play the Colorado St. Rams on Wednesday before facing the Aztecs on Saturday. Purdue, moving up to No. 8, Notre Dame and Arizona round out the top 10.
St. John's was the only new team to appear in the rankings as No. 23 St. Mary's dropped out.
Here are the complete rankings:
|4||San Diego St.|
Dropped out: No. 23 Saint Mary's.
Others receiving votes: George Mason (23-5) 55; Xavier (20-6) 18; Washington (18-8) 6; UCLA (19-8) 5; Valparaiso (20-8) 3; Coastal Carolina (25-3) 2; Saint Mary's (22-6) 1; West Virginia (17-9) 1.