Indiana No. 1, Duke fifth in coaches poll

Nov. 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Indiana remained the top-ranked team in the USA Today Coaches basketball poll while Duke made a strong move up and North Carolina State had a steep drop.

Indiana (3-0) collected 26 of the 31 first-place mentions and is ranked No. 1 with the other five first-place mentions going to second-ranked Louisville (3-0). They, along with No. 18 Nevada-Las Vegas, are the only teams in the same position as last week's poll.

Duke's victory over Kentucky allowed Ohio State (3-0) and Michigan (3-0) to improve their rankings one spot each to third and fourth. Duke (3-0) jumped four places to fifth ahead of No. 6 Syracuse (2-0) and Kentucky (2-1), which fell four places to seventh.

Florida (3-0) went from 10th to No. 8. North Carolina (3-0) and Arizona (2-0) also moved up two places to ninth and 10th.

Kansas (2-1) matched Kentucky's drop of four spots and is 11th with No. 12 Creighton (3-0), 13th-ranked UCLA (3-0) and No. 14 Missouri (3-0) all up one place this week. North Carolina State (3-1), beaten Sunday by Oklahoma State, plummeted from sixth to No. 15.

Gonzaga (3-0) came in at 16th and Memphis (2-0) slipped one rung to No. 17 ahead of UNLV (2-0), which is static at 18th. Michigan State (2-1) is voted 19th and Cincinnati (3-0) is up four to 20th.

Baylor (4-1) is 21st after a stint at No. 17 last week. Oklahoma State (4-0) and Connecticut (4-0) entered the poll at 22nd and 23rd, respectively. Wisconsin (2-1) took the No. 24 place and San Diego State (2-1) completes the Top 25.

Notre Dame and Texas fell out of the rankings this week.

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