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Indiana has reached the top of the coaches poll pyramid for the third time this season but faces a showdown Tuesday at Big Ten rival Michigan State. / Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports

As Ben Franklin might have said had Indiana basketball been around at the time of the Constitutional Convention, a No.1 ranking - if you can keep it.

The Hoosiers are back on top of the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll, receiving 19 of 31 first-place votes this week. They replace Duke, whose loss at Maryland Saturday night kept the revolving door spinning for a seventh consecutive week. The Blue Devils fell to No.6. But IU's current turn at the top, its third this season, might last only as long as Tuesday night's visit to surging Michigan State, which climbed to No.5 after knocking off in-state rival Michigan last week and now shares the Big Ten lead with the Hoosiers.

Meanwhile, Miami (Fla.) and Gonzaga continue to achieve new poll heights. The Hurricanes leapfrogged the Bulldogs to grab the No.2 slot with seven first-place votes. It is the highest ranking for Miami in the coaches poll since USA TODAY took over its administration in the 1991-92 season. But though Gonzaga stayed put at No.3, it did pick up two more No.1 votes this week for a total of three, the first time it has received multiple firsts. Florida claimed the remaining two No.1's and moved back into the top five at No.4.

Michigan checks in at No.7, down only two places, and Syracuse dropped one spot to No.8. Moving in an upward direction once again to reclaim top-10 positions are No.9 Kansas and No.10 Louisville

By recent standards, the turnover was fairly light in the rest of the top 25 this week with only two teams re-entering the poll. No. 23 Oregon and No.24 VCU are back for return engagements, replacing Creighton and San Diego State.



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