Monday, January 2, 2012
Unbeaten Syracuse keeps grip on No. 1
Losses last week by top 10 teams Ohio State, Louisville and Florida set off major shifting in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches' rankings released Monday.
Syracuse (15-0) remained a rock at No. 1 after beating Big East opponents Seton Hall and DePaul easily last week. In fact, Syracuse was the only team in the poll to retain its ranking from a week ago.
ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll:
The shuffling begins with No. 2 Kentucky (13-1), which moved up a spot and was awarded the only first-place vote out of 31 not to go to the Orange.
No. 3 Duke (12-1), No. 4 North Carolina (13-2), No. 5 Baylor (13-0) and No. 6 Missouri (13-0) all made a two-spot jump in the poll. The Associated Press media poll reflects the same top three, while Baylor is fourth and Duke fifth.
No. 7 Ohio State (13-2) sank from second to seventh after losing to Indiana on Saturday. The Big East occupied the next three spots -- Connecticut (12-1) in eighth; Georgetown (12-1) in ninth, a three-spot move for the Hoyas thanks to a victory over Louisville early last week; and the Cardinals (12-2) themselves in 10th following their two losses to date.
Michigan State (13-2) is knocking on the top 10's door at No. 11. The Spartans routed Indiana and Nebraska last week to run their winning streak to 13 following an 0-2 start. The Hoosiers (13-1) actually jumped three spots to 12th on the strength of their victory over the Buckeyes. and Michigan (12-2) continues its resurgence at No. 13.
The rest of the top 20 looks like Florida (11-3), Kansas (10-3), Mississippi State (13-2), UNLV (15-2), Murray State (14-0), Wisconsin (12-3) and Marquette (12-2).
Harvard (12-1), Kansas State (11-1), Virginia (12-1), Creighton (11-2) and San Diego State (12-2) complete the rankings. Pittsburgh fell from the Top 25.