Coaches Poll: Kansas stays at No. 1 ahead of Villanova, Michigan State

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)

2. Villanova

3. Michigan State (1)

4. Virginia

5. Xavier

6. Oklahoma

7. North Carolina

8. West Virginia

9. Oregon

10. Indiana

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. Utah

13. Purdue

14. Arizona

15. Maryland

16. Kentucky

17. Texas A&M

18. Iowa

19. Iowa State

20. Baylor

21. Duke

22. Texas

23. Saint Mary’s

24. California

25. Wisconsin

No longer ranked: Wichita State

Newly ranked: Wisconsin

Next five: Wichita State, Providence, Seton Hall, Dayton, Texas Tech

Perry Ellis has led Kansas to the No. 1 ranking in the country. (USATSI)
Perry Ellis has led Kansas to the No. 1 ranking in the country. (USATSI)

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