Aztecs (10-0) crack coaches' top 10
Traditional college basketball powers occupy almost all of the top 10 spots in this week's edition of the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. And then there is San Diego State.
ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll:
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The undefeated Aztecs certainly belong where they are ranked -- No. 10, ahead of their Monday night home game against Cal Poly -- while riding a 10-0 start to the season.
Duke (10-0) remained the poll's unanimous No. 1, collecting all 31 first-place votes, and Ohio State (8-0) stayed locked in at No. 2.
The rest of the top five was shaken up due to then-No. 3 Pittsburgh's loss to Tennessee. Kansas (9-0) moved up from fourth to third, and Big East members Connecticut (8-0) and Syracuse (10-0) shifted two spots to Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
Kansas State (9-1) fell from fifth to sixth, Tennessee (7-0) made a six-spot leap to seventh, Pitt (10-1) fell to eighth, Baylor (6-0) remained ninth and the Aztecs rounded out the first 10.
San Diego State's 10-game winning streak is the second longest in the 90-year history of the program. The Aztecs, who started playing basketball in 1921, are 10-0 for the first time -- a mark that also signifies the best start for coach Steve Fisher. The former Michigan coach is in his 20th full season as a head coach.
Villanova (8-1) leads off the second 10 in the poll, followed by Missouri (8-1), Georgetown (9-1) -- giving the Big East five teams in the top 13 -- Illinois (10-1), Michigan State (7-3), Kentucky (7-2), Purdue (9-1), BYU (10-0), Memphis (7-1) and Minnesota (9-1).
Louisville (8-0) broke into the Top 25 at No. 21. UNLV (9-1), Notre Dame (9-1), Florida (7-2) and Texas (7-2) complete the rankings.
Washington (6-3), ranked 22nd last week, fell out of the rankings.
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