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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Syracuse Falls, Kentucky Emerges As New No. 1 In Coaches Poll

The Kentucky Wildcats are the No. 1 team in new Coaches Poll after the Syracuse Orange lost its first game of the season on Saturday.

The Syracuse Orange was able to run its record to 20-0 before taking its first defeat of the season, a 67-58 loss to the Notre Dam Fighting Irish. As a result, the Orange have dropped from the No. 1 spot down to No. 4 in the latest Coaches Poll while the Kentucky Wildcats are the new No. 1 team in the nation. The Missouri Tigers and the Ohio St. Buckeyes took the next two spots, each making a three-spot jump.

Murray State, 20-0 and the only undefeated team left, move just one spot to No. 9 this week. Among Mountain West teams, the San Diego St. Aztecs moved from No. 16 to No. 12 and the UNLV Rebels leaped to No. 15, a five spot move.

There are no Pac-12 teams once again, which means the Colorado Buffaloes are not in this poll. Neither are Air Force or Colorado State, but there's no reason they'd be sniffing the rankings most of the time.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week
1.
Kentucky (31)
19-1
775
2
2.
Missouri
18-1
725
5
3.
Ohio State
17-3
687
6
4.
Syracuse
20-1
686
1
5.
Kansas
16-3
660
7
6.
Duke
16-3
571
4
7.
Baylor
17-2
569
3
8.
North Carolina
16-3
565
8
9.
Murray State
20-0
502
10
10.
Georgetown
16-3
498
12
11.
Michigan State
16-4
453
9
12.
San Diego State
17-2
403
16
13.
Florida
15-4
396
14
14.
Creighton
18-2
343
18
15.
UNLV
18-3
337
20
16.
Mississippi State
16-4
236
15
17.
Indiana
16-4
230
13
18.
Marquette
16-4
213
22
19.
Connecticut
14-5
203
11
20.
Saint Mary's
19-2
193
23
21.
Virginia
15-3
171
17
22.
Michigan
15-5
165
19
23.
Harvard
16-2
99
24
24.
Kansas State
14-4
80
NR
25. (tie)
Louisville
15-5
49
21
25. (tie)
Wisconsin
16-5
49
NR

Dropped out
No. 25 Illinois.

Others receiving votes
Florida State (13-6) 41; Gonzaga (16-3) 34; West Virginia (15-5) 33; Wichita State (17-3) 29; Middle Tennessee (19-2) 28; Vanderbilt (14-5) 20; Nevada (16-3) 12; Illinois (15-5) 6; Cincinnati (15-5) 4; Central Florida (15-4) 3; Southern Mississippi (17-3) 3; Iowa State (14-5) 2; Dayton (14-5) 1; New Mexico (15-4) 1.

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