Michigan State takes over No. 1 spot in basketball poll

Nov. 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM
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MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Michigan State takes over the No. 1 spot in the USA Today coaches' basketball poll following its win last week over former No. 1 Kentucky.

Last Tuesday's blockbuster matchups of Michigan State-Kentucky and Duke-Kansas ended up shaking up the top six spots in the poll with Michigan State (3-0) becoming No. 1 and Kansas (2-0), which defeated Duke, moving from sixth to No. 3. In between defending NCAA Tournament champion Louisville (3-0) is up one place to second.

Michigan State takes in 22 of the 32 first-place votes. Louisville receives eight and Kansas the other two.

Arizona (3-0) also improves one spot, taking the No. 4 position while Kentucky (3--1 slips from first to fifth and Duke (2-1) goes from fourth to sixth.

No. 7 Syracuse (3-0) is one of three teams in the same spot in the poll as last week but Ohio State (3-0) moves up to eighth with Oklahoma State (3-0) up three to No. 9; Virginia Commonwealth (3-0) at No. 10 after a week at 14th; and Memphis (1-0) taking the 11th spot.

Memphis plays at Oklahoma State Tuesday in the lone game this week between ranked teams.

Gonzaga (3-0) takes over the 12th spot ahead of No. 13 Michigan (2-1), which drops five places and 14th-ranked Florida (2-1), which is off four. Wisconsin (3-0), going the other way, is up four spots to 15th.

Wichita State (4-0) keeps the No. 16 position ahead of 17th-ranked Oregon (2-0) and No. 18 Connecticut (4-0). North Carolina (2-1) plummets eight places to 19th and New Mexico (2-0) hits the No. 20 spot.

Baylor (30) is up four to 21st and Indiana (4-0) goes from 24th to 22nd. Creighton (3-0) enters the Top 25 at 23rd. UCLA (2-0) is again at No. 24 and Iowa (4-0) is voted the final spot.

Marquette, Notre Dame and Virginia drop out of the rankings this week.

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