Quinn Cook and Duke are indeed again No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll after a narrow victory Sunday at Boston College. / Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports
The name at the top of the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll is a familiar one. But some of the challengers as well as a few further down the rankings are sailing in uncharted waters.
Duke will begin its third stint this season at the No.1 position. The Blue Devils climbed from the No.4 spot by virtue of being the only top-five team that avoided the upset bug in yet another wild week. Duke was voted first on 18 of 31 coaches' ballots and overtook Indiana. The Hoosiers retained six No.1 votes and slipped only to No.2 after bouncing back from a loss at Illinois with a Sunday win at Ohio State.
No.3 Gonzaga, up three positions, is in the top five for the first time since 2008. The Bulldogs picked up a first-place vote for the first time since the final regular-season poll of 2004, when they entered the NCAA tournament ranked second.
But perhaps the biggest poll story right now is Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes stormed all the way from 11th to the No.4 spot, their highest position since USA TODAY began administering the coaches poll in 1991. Miami claimed five No.1 votes, also a coaches poll first for the program. It could be argued that the 'Canes should be even higher since they have yet to lose in Atlantic Coast Conference play and hold a two-game lead over Duke, including a head-to-head victory.
Michigan remained in the top five, down two places but still getting a first-place nod despite its overtime loss at Wisconsin on Saturday. Florida slid from the No.2 spot to sixth, followed by No.7 Syracuse. Michigan State, Arizona and Butler round out the top 10 with new Big 12 leader Kansas State checking in at No.11.
There were even more changes to the top 25. Joining the poll this week is No.24 Colorado State, its first appearance in the coaches poll in the USA TODAY era. The Rams join No.18 New Mexico and No.22 San Diego State to give the Mountain West three ranked squads this week. Wisconsin, on the strength of its win against Michigan, comes in at No.19. The Badgers lead a midwestern infusion with No.20 Marquette and No.21 Notre Dame also moving in. Rounding out the newcomers is No.25 Memphis.
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