Oklahoma No. 1, North Carolina No. 2, Kansas No. 3 in Coaches Poll

Following a wild week of college hoops, Oklahoma is the new No. 1 team in the country.

The Sooners received 26 first-place votes this week after Oklahoma State on the road and now-No. 7 West Virginia at home. Behind Oklahoma, North Carolina is No. 2 with four first-place votes, and Kansas is No. 3 with one. Villanova and Maryland round out the top-five.

None of those teams particularly moved far in one direction or the other. However, there was quite a bit of movement throughout the rest of the poll. Iowa, now No. 9, was the biggest mover, rising 10 spots. Baylor jumped up seven spots to No. 15. Texas A&M is now No. 8 after rising six places.

With those rises, there were plenty of falls as well. Duke, following two losses this week to unranked teams, fell six spots to No. 12. Kentucky, who lost to Auburn over the weekend, also fell six spots to No. 19. Both Providence and Miami (Fla.) fell five spots each, to No. 17 and No. 15 respectively.

Despite those losses though, there is only one newly ranked team. USC replaced Gonzaga in the poll after the Trojans won at UCLA last week and the Bulldogs fell at home to BYU. Southern Cal is now 15-3 on the season.

Here is the full poll.

1. Oklahoma (26 first-place votes)

2. North Carolina (4)

3. Kansas (1)

4. Villanova

5. Maryland

6. Xavier

7. West Virginia

8. Texas A&M

9. Iowa

10. Michigan State

11. Arizona

12. Duke

13. Virginia

14. Miami

15. Baylor

16. Louisville

17. Providence

18. South Carolina

19. Kentucky

20. Pittsburgh

21. Iowa State

22. Purdue

23. Indiana

24. Butler

25. USC

Newly ranked: USC

No longer ranked: Gonzaga

Next five: Gonzaga, Clemson, Dayton, Oregon, Valparaiso

West Virginia has reason to be excited this season. (USATSI)
West Virginia has reason to be excited this season. (USATSI)


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