Duke still unanimous No. 1 in poll
The top 10 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll remains unchanged from last week. But change could be just around the corner.
ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll:
|• This week's rankings|
Unanimous No. 1 Duke, which will try to hand coach Mike Krzyzewski his 880th career Division I win on Wednesday at UNC-Greensboro, starts its ACC schedule on Sunday against Miami. With a win on Wednesday, Krzyzewski will pass North Carolina's Dean Smith for sole possession of second place on the all-time wins list, behind Bob Knight's 902.
If there's a shuffle atop next week's poll, it's likely to come from the Big East, which still has five teams in the top 10. The Big East opens its conference schedule on Monday, as No. 4 Connecticut travels to No. 6 Pittsburgh. No. 5 Syracuse starts league play Tuesday against Providence, while No. 9 Georgetown takes on No. 15 Notre Dame on Wednesday.
No. 2 Ohio State plays Tennessee-Martin on Monday before starting its Big Ten season on Friday against Indiana.
No. 7 San Diego State, which held its position with a pair of close wins last week over San Francisco and IUPUI, starts its Mountain West campaign next week at TCU and Utah, while No. 3 Kansas and No. 10 Missouri will kick off their Big 12 schedules later next month.
Change, though, came to the latter half of the coaches' rankings as Tennessee and Florida dropped out and Central Florida and Wisconsin climbed in at No. 21 and No. 24, respectively.
The addition of the Badgers gave the Big Ten five teams in the Top 25, as Purdue climbed two spots to No. 11 and Minnesota rose three positions to No. 13. Michigan State and Illinois remain ranked but didn't fare as well, as the Spartans dropped seven places to No. 12 following a loss to Texas and Illinois fell back four spots to No. 25 with a loss to Missouri.
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