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Indiana returns to top of coaches poll
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 4, 2013 @ 2:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY
Conference depth trumped conference domination in this week’s USA TODAY Sports coaches poll.
In the latest round of the No.1 shuffle, Indiana reclaimed the top spot it held for the first month of the season. The Hoosiers, who outlasted Michigan in the weekend’s highest profile showdown, garnered 25 of 31 first-place votes. The Wolverines fell only one place to No.3. Michigan State (No. 8) and Ohio State (No.10) give the Big Ten a total of four squads in the top 10 with a fifth, No.18 Minnesota, also ranked.
Florida checked in at No.2. The Gators continued to chomp everything in their path in the Southeastern Conference and received the remaining six No.1 votes. Rounding out the top five are No.4 Duke and No.5 Kansas, the teams that held down the rotating No.1 position in the last two polls.
The upward mobility continued for Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes stayed undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play thanks to a late tip-in against North Carolina State and moved up to No.11 this week. Oregon and Mississippi, the other two big movers a week ago, weren’t as fortunate. Each lost twice and slid to No.19 and No.23, respectively.
No.21 Georgetown rejoined the poll this week along with fellow Big East member Pittsburgh, which finished in a tie for 25th with San Diego State. No.24 Oklahoma State also moved in following its huge win at then No.1 Kansas. N.C. State and Marquette were the dropouts.… [For more on Indiana returns to top of coaches poll, click here.]
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