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Coaches Poll: Xavier, Syracuse and Louisville enter college basketball rankings

Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino


The changes in the Coaches Poll are not quite as drastic as those in the AP poll.

For example, Arizona is still ranked 14th nationally here while Syracuse is 19th. Those rankings are flip-flopped in the AP Poll.

What is interesting, however, is that Louisville hopped up into the Coaches Poll. I think that the Cardinals are really good, but at this point, based on who they’ve beaten, I’m not sure they deserve to be ranked over a number of teams that are on the wrong side of the top 25.

[MORE RANKINGS: top 25 | AP Poll]

1. Kentucky (29 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (3)
3. Michigan State
4. Iowa State
5. Duke
6. Kansas
7. Villanova
8. Oklahoma
9. North Carolina
10. Virginia
11. Purdue
12. Gonzaga
13. Vanderbilt
14. Arizona
15. West Virginia
16. Oregon
17. Cincinnati
18. Xavier
19. Syracuse
20. Texas A&M
21. Miami
22. Louisville
23. Baylor
24. Providence
25. Butler

NEW THIS WEEK: Xavier, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Louisville, Providence, Butler

DROPPED OUT: California, Indiana, LSU, Notre Dame, Wichita State, Connecticut