College basketball rankings: Penn State and Maryland crack top 10 as Big Ten shines in Coaches Poll
The Big Ten has a good showing in this week's Coaches Poll
As a result, Brigham Young was left out of the Coaches Poll after cracking the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2011. Instead, the Spartans (17-9, 6-6 Big Ten) stayed in at No. 25 in a sign of respect from the coaches for how brutal the Big Ten is this season.
Michigan and Illinois were left out but received 44 and 24 votes, respectively, giving the league five teams in the top 25 and seven in the top 29 in terms of votes received. Ohio State is back in the Coaches Poll at No. 24 as well following a 2-0 week with victories over Rutgers and Purdue.
Maryland rose from No. 9 to No. 7, and Penn State from No. 13 to No. 9 to complete the solid week for the Big Ten in the Coaches Poll. Michigan State's continued place in the poll comes as the Spartans have lost four of their last five games after being ranked No. 1 in the first edition of the poll released in October.
The coaches also gave a nice bump to Arizona, ranking the Wildcats No. 19 after road wins against Cal and Stanford improved their record to 18-7 (8-4 Pac 12). Arizona's return to the polls sets up a ranked showdown on Saturday with No. 16 Oregon that could bring clarity to a six-team race for the conference's regular season crown.
The top 25 teams in the USA Today Coaches Poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sunday, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
|4||San Diego St.||26-0||772||4|
Other receiving votes: Texas Tech 59; Brigham Young 56; Michigan 44; Illinois 24; Virginia 20; LSU 16; Northern Iowa 10; Rhode Island 9; Southern Methodist 6; Oklahoma 6; St. Mary's 5; Florida 5; Rutgers 3; East Tennessee St. 3; Cincinnati 3; Stephen F. Austin 2; Wisconsin 1; Arizona State 1.
CBS Sports HQ Newsletter
We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Omoruyi picked Rutgers over Auburn and Arizona State
Get the latest updates on on this season's college basketball's coaching changes
CBS and CBS Sports Network will air classic NCAA Tournament games from the past
The Elite Eight games of NCAA Tournament play that we will never forget
The Shaka Smart era at Texas isn't finished yet
Johnny Juzang, part of Kentucky's heralded 2019 recruiting class, is entering the transfer...