No change at No. 1; Georgetown in 10
by Scott Gleeson and Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY Sports
It might not seem like big news, but there is not a new No.1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll for the first time since the calendar turned to 2013.
No. 1 Indiana handled its only game of the week, but it was a big win at then-No.5 Michigan State. The Hoosiers claimed 28 of 31 first-place votes, nine more than a week ago, to strengthen their hold on the top ranking.
But fret not, those of you who like poll chaos. The rest of the top five looks considerably different. Gonzaga climbed to the No. 2 spot, matching its highest ranking ever in the coaches poll, and picked up the other three No.1 votes. Duke and Michigan vaulted back into the top five, each climbing three positions to No.3 and 4, respectively. Kansas moved up four places to round out the top five.
Stock went up in the poll: Georgetown
The Hoyas only improved three spots in the poll from No. 11 to No. 8 but it’s the first time in the top 10. A 57-46 road victory over rival Syracuse on Saturday shot Georgetown atop the Big East standings. The Hoyas, winners of 10 in a row, currently hold a one-game lead over Syracuse, Marquette and Louisville. Georgetown’s Otto Porter has been getting considerable Big East Player of the Year consideration, while coach John Thompson III is a candidate for national coach of the year.
Stock went down in the poll: Miami (Fla.)
The Hurricanes dipped five spots from No. 2 to No. 7 after a stunning 80-65 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday. It was Miami’s first ACC loss of the season and first losing effort since Christmas. The Hurricanes’ demise could have been forecasted, having barely escaped with a four-point win against Virginia and a two-point victory against Clemson.
Stock went up in the poll: Saint Louis
The Billikens jumped into the poll at No. 19, debuting in the top 25 rankings for the first time since early in the 2011-12 season. Saint Louis seized control of the Atlantic 10 by defeating both VCU and Butler last week, the latter on … [For more on Top 25 Stock Watch: No change at No. 1; Georgetown vaults into top 10, click here.]