Men's basketball coaches poll

Written by on December 7, 2020

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The anticipated No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in males’s school basketball needed to be referred to as off over the weekend. That left the voters within the USA TODAY Sports activities coaches ballot to resolve who needs to be ranked first within the preliminary balloting of the common season.

For now, it is going to be Gonzaga holding down the No. 1 spot. The Bulldogs acquired 23 of 32 first-place votes to overhaul preseason No. 1 Baylor. Gonzaga’s season is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19 issues, which is sadly prone to be an ongoing chorus this season. Earlier than the shutdown, the Bulldogs posted wins towards Kansas and West Virginia.

The Bears, who had COVID problems with their very own earlier however had been in a position to take the courtroom for some spectacular wins, together with one towards No. 9 Illinois, retain eight No. 1 votes however slip to No. 2 general.

Iowa strikes as much as No. 3, its highest rating since a No. four displaying in January of 2016, and claimed the final first-place nod. Michigan State and Kansas spherical out the highest 5.

TOP 25: Complete USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball poll

Virginia Tech enters the ballot at No. 15 on the energy of an upset of preseason No. Three Villanova. One other staff from the state additionally strikes in as No. 19 Richmond makes its first look because the postseason ballot within the 2010-2011 season. No. 24 Louisville and No. 25 Florida additionally be a part of the ballot.

Notably absent from the Prime 25 is Kentucky. The Wildcats, ranked ninth within the preseason, are off to a 1-Three begin. Oregon, UCLA and Alabama are the opposite dropouts.

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