Indiana strengthens hold on No. 1

Nov. 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Indiana is solidifying its position atop the USA Today Coaches poll one week into the college basketball season.

The Hoosiers (1-0) had 21 first-place mentions in the pre-season poll but grab 25 this week, siphoning off one from Louisville and three from Kentucky. Indiana has 768 out of a maximum 775 poll points this week.

The top seven in Monday's poll are the same as the pre-season vote and only one team -- Florida State, which was tied for 24th -- drops out. That allows Cincinnati to make the Top 25.

Michigan State (0-1) falls eight places this week to 22nd, just ahead of San Diego State (0-1), which lost to Syracuse and is 23rd this week. No team, outside of Cincinnati, improves its position more than three places this week.

Louisville (1-0) is second with Kentucky (1-0) in third and with Big 10 rivals Ohio State (1-0) and Michigan (1-0) in fourth and fifth, respectively.

While North Carolina State (1-0) stays sixth and Kansas (1-0) is again seventh, Syracuse (1-0) passes Duke (1-0) for the No. 8 ranking, with the Blue Devils in ninth. Florida (1-0) keeps at No. 10.

North Carolina (2-0) moves ahead of No. 12 Arizona (1-0) for 11th while Creighton (1-0) is up two to 13th, UCLA (1-0) down one to 14 and Missouri (1-0) two up to 15th.

Memphis (0-0) remains in the 16th spot. Baylor (2-0) and Nevada Las-Vegas (0-0) both move up one to 17th and 18th, respectively Gonzaga (1-0) jumps three places to 19th and Wisconsin (1-0) is 20th after opening at No. 21.

Notre Dame (1-0) improves two spots to 21st and is ahead of Michigan State and San Diego State, with Cincinnati (1-0) joining the Top 25 at 24th and Texas (1-0) voted No. 25.

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