Duke No. 1, 3 new teams in coaches' poll

Jan. 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM
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MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Duke remains just shy of being the unanimous No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches' basketball poll, which this week features three new teams.

Duke (14-0) is listed first on 30 of the 31 ballots of the Board of Coaches with the other coach voting the Blue Devils second. Michigan (15-0) is second, with the other first-place vote, 29 seconds and one third.

Arizona (14-0) sees its poll support slip slightly but is again third. The only other unbeaten team in the Top 25 is new entrant Wyoming (13-0) at 25th.

Three teams fall at least five spots this week including Ohio State, which goes from eighth to No. 14 while Cincinnati slides from 15th to 20th and Georgetown is 22nd after a week at 16th.

Other newly rated teams, in addition to Wyoming, are No. 23 Kansas State (12-2) and 24th-rated Virginia Commonwealth.

Louisville (13-1) comes in fourth while Indiana (13-1) is voted No. 5, Kansas (12-1) is sixth and Syracuse (14-1) is seventh as the first seven in the rankings are unchanged.

Gonzaga (15-1) moves from 10th to No. 8, jumping over ninth-ranked Florida (10-2) and Minnesota (14-1), 13th a week ago, enters the Top 10 at 10th.

Creighton (14-1) and Missouri (11-2) keep the 11th and 12th spots, respectively, with Illinois (14-2) inching up one to 13th coming in ahead of Ohio State (11-3) and No. 15 San Diego State (12-2).

Notre Dame (13-1) takes the 16th spot and Butler (12-2) moves up three to 17th. Michigan State (12-3) has the 18th place with Nevada-Las Vegas (13-2), whose five-place gain is the most in the poll this week, at 19th ahead of Cincinnati (13-2).

North Carolina State (12-2) moves to 21st and Georgetown (10-2) is placed ahead of the newcomers.

Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and New Mexico, a combined 0-5 last week, drop from the Top 25.

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