Coaches poll: Oklahoma moves up to No. 3, Michigan State still No. 1

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Oklahoma moved up five places to No. 3 in this week’s coaches’ poll as Michigan State consolidated its lead and stayed at No. 1.

The Sooners are coming off of a big week, having defeated Villanova 78-55. The Wildcats fell all the way from No. 6 to No. 13 following the loss. However, they were not the biggest faller of the week. In fact, that honor was bestowed upon North Carolina, who dropped all the way to No. 11 after its final-second loss to Texas.

On the other side of things, the biggest riser was George Washington, who entered the rankings at No. 22 after being ranked No. 31 last week. Mike Lonergan’s club is 9-1 right now with wins over Virginia, Seton Hall and Tennessee and only a five-point loss to No. 20 Cincinnati. South Carolina is the other team to enter the rankings this week, as Frank Martin’s group is still undefeated at 8-0.

The two teams to fall out of the rankings were Oregon and Utah, each of whom lost on Saturday.

Here is the full poll.

1. Michigan State (28 first-place votes)

2. Iowa State (3)

3. Oklahoma (1)

4. Kentucky

5. Kansas

6. Duke

7. Maryland

8. Purdue

9. Virginia

10. Xavier

11. North Carolina

12. Arizona

13. Villanova

14. Baylor

14. Providence

16. Louisville

16. West Virginia

18. Butler

19. Miami (Fla.)

20. Cincinnati

21. Gonzaga

22. George Washington

23. Vanderbilt

24. Texas A&M

25. South Carolina

No longer ranked: Oregon, Utah

Newly ranked: South Carolina , George Washington

Next five: UCLA, Connecticut, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Colorado

Buddy Hield and Oklahoma have been terrific this year. (USATSI)
Buddy Hield has been terrific this year. (USATSI)

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