For seemingly the first time all season — at the end of the regular season — there is stability at the top of the coaches poll.
Kansas is your No. 1 team in the country, and it’s nearly unanimous. There is only one holdout vote for Michigan State. The entire top-six of the poll stayed the same this weeek, with Kansas followed by Villanova, Michigan State, Virginia, Xavier and Oklahoma.
Previously No. 7 Miami fell to No. 11 after losing to Virginia Tech this weekend. They were the biggest faller in the poll this week, which again shows how stable this week’s iteration was. Kentucky, now at No. 16, was the biggest riser after clinching a share of the SEC championship with a win over LSU.
Wichita State was the only team to fall out of the poll this week, as the Shockers dropped out from the No. 23 spot after losing to Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley Tournament semifinals. Replacing them was Wisconsin, which is pretty remarkable given where that program was just two months ago. Since then, the Badgers have gone on one of the hottest streaks in college basketball and seem to have assured themselves of an NCAA Tournament berth and Greg Gard of his job there over the next few seasons.
Here is the full poll.
1. Kansas (29 first-place votes)
3. Michigan State (1)
7. North Carolina
8. West Virginia
11. Miami (Fla.)
17. Texas A&M
19. Iowa State
23. Saint Mary’s
No longer ranked: Wichita State
Newly ranked: Wisconsin
Next five: Wichita State, Providence, Seton Hall, Dayton, Texas Tech