College basketball rankings: Duke in top 5, Michigan State still No. 1 in coaches poll

Michigan State held strong at the top spot in the new USA Today Coaches Poll, as Virginia and Villanova swapped Nos. 2 and 3 and Duke made a charge into the top five following two impressive wins without star freshman Marvin Bagley. 

The biggest changes in the poll came in the American Athletic Conference, where Houston made the biggest move up (seven spots) to No. 23 and Cincinnati had the biggest fall (six spots) to No. 11. North Carolina and Wichita State each moved up six spots (to No. 10 and No. 12, respectively) and Ohio State fell out of the top 10 following back-to-back losses to Penn State and Michigan.

USA Today Coaches Poll 

RANKSCHOOLRECORDPOINTSPREVIOUS
1 Michigan State (20) 26-3 782 1
2 Virginia (8) 24-2 773 3
3 Villanova (4) 24-3 745 2
4 Xavier 24-4 656 4
5 Duke 22-5 655 10
6 Gonzaga 25-4 602 8
7 Texas Tech 22-5 588 6
8 Kansas 21-6 566 13
9 Purdue 24-5 526 7
10 North Carolina 21-7 498 16
11 Cincinnati 23-4 497 5
12 Wichita State 21-5 404 18
13 Auburn 23-4 358 11
14 Arizona 21-6 340 19
15 Ohio State 22-7 339 9
16 Michigan 22-7 325 21
17 Clemson 20-6 324 12
18 Rhode Island 21-4 263 14
19 Tennessee 19-7 208 17
20 St. Mary's 25-4 173 15
21 West Virginia 19-8 168 20
22 Nevada 23-5 143 24
23 Houston 21-5 119 30
24 Middle Tennessee State 22-5 72 28
25 Arizona State 19-7 47 22

Dropped out: Oklahoma (23), Creighton (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Creighton, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Texas A&M, Florida, Seton Hall, Baylor, St. Bonaventure, UCLA, Miami, Butler, Kansas State, Nebraska, Loyola (Ill.), Arkansas, East Tennessee State, Boise State, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico State, Oklahoma, TCU 

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