Coaches Poll: Villanova still No.1 as loss-heavy week shakes up poll

Villanova stayed at No.1 in the Coaches Poll this week, but the results of last week have again shaken up the rest of the poll.

Following Kansas’ win at Oklahoma on Saturday, the Jayhawks vaulted from No. 6 to No. 2, receiving seven first-place votes in the process. Oklahoma stayed at No. 3, North Carolina also rose four spots to No. 4, and Maryland fell to No. 5 following its home loss to Wisconsin.

Two of the nation’s blue-blood programs were among the biggest risers this week. Duke jumped from outside of the poll to No. 19 following wins over Louisville and Virginia at Cameron Indoor, and Kentucky moved up seven spots to No. 14 after a pair of massive wins over Georgia and No. 23 South Carolina. Notre Dame was also a big riser, entering the poll at No. 18 following wins over Clemson and Louisville.

Duke and Notre Dame replaced USC and Wichita State in the poll.

Given last week’s overall unpredictability, it’s not a surprise to see this much of a shake-up in the results. Only Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, Miami, Arizona, Dayton, Notre Dame, Duke and Kentucky were able to get through last week unscathed among currently ranked teams. That means just about two-thirds of the nation’s top-25 teams, according to the coaches, have lost one of their previous two games.

If that’s not a distinct sign of the parity that is engulfing college basketball this season, I don’t know what is.

Here is the full poll.

1. Villanova (25 first-place votes)

2. Kansas (7)

3. Oklahoma

4. North Carolina

5. Maryland

6. Iowa

7. Xavier

8. Virginia

9. Michigan State

10. Miami (Fla.)

11. West Virginia

12. Arizona

13. Dayton

14. Kentucky

15. Iowa State

16. Purdue

17. Oregon

18. Notre Dame

19. Duke

20. Providence

21. Indiana

22. Baylor

23. South Carolina

24. Texas A&M

25. Texas

No longer ranked: USC, Wichita State

Newly ranked: Notre Dame, Duke

Next five: Utah, Wisconsin, Wichita State, Michigan, Gonzaga

Villanova was one of the few teams in the top-25 to not lose last week. (USATSI)
Villanova was one of the few teams in the top-25 to not lose last week. (USATSI)

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