USA Today released its final coaches' poll for the 2012-13 college basketball season on Tuesday. To nobody's surprise, Louisville is at the top and received all first-place votes for winning the national championship game on Monday. Michigan, the runner-up, finished at No. 2, and Syracuse jumped from 18 to 3 for its Final Four run.
The biggest surprise, however, is a team that has consistently lived up to its nickname. Wichita State, which was previously unranked, finishes the poll at No. 4 after reaching the Final Four for the first time since 1965. The Shockers are the highest ranked mid-major team.
Gonzaga, the previous No. 1 team, tumbled down to No. 12 after being bounced from the tournament in the third round. Georgetown also fell from 8 to 17 for losing in the second round. The team that upset them, Florida Gulf Coast, finished at No. 25, capping off a dream season.
Here's the final Top 25:
|4||Wichita St. Shockers||643||NR|
|5||Duke Blue Devils||607||7|
|6||Ohio St. Buckeyes||594||6|
|11||Marquette Golden Eagles||475||16|
|13||Michigan St. Spartans||440||9|
|16||Saint Louis Billikens||265||13|
|19||New Mexico Lobos||165||10|
|20||Kansas St. Wildcats||147||14|
|24||La Salle Explorers||97||
|25||Florida Gulf Coast Eagles||91||NR|
Also receiving votes: Butler (76); Oklahoma State (63); Mississippi (27); North Carolina (26); Baylor (23); California (23); Iowa State (16); Saint Marys (15); Illinois (13); Colorado State (11); Pittsburgh (8); Temple (8); Iowa (7); UCLA (3); Belmont (1); Minnesota (1); Notre Dame (1); Weber State (1)