NCAA Basketball Rankings: North Carolina Retains No. 1 Spot In Coaches Poll, Pittsburgh Drops To No. 16

The Tarheels are still getting 30 of 31 first-place votes in the third ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll of the season.

The North Carolina Tarheels retained their No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, claiming the same 30 of 31 first-place votes that they got in each of the first two polls. The Tarheels won their only game last week, beating Mississippi Valley State 101-75 on Sunday. Kentucky received the other first-place vote and remains ranked No. 2 in the poll.

At the top of the poll, the biggest mover was Pittsburgh, who fell from No. 9 to No. 16 after losing at home to Long Beach State on. Nov. 16. The loss to the unranked 49ers snapped the Panthers' 58-game home non-conference winning streak. Florida was the only other Top 10 team to lose this week. But the Gators' loss was at No. 3 Ohio State, and only moved them down one spot from No. 8.

The most upwardly mobile team of the week was Creighton, who cracked the Top 25. A week ago, they were ranked No. 32. A pair of wins over UAB and Iowa were enough to give them a boost, though.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 North Carolina (30) 3-0 774
2 Kentucky (1) 4-0 732
3 Ohio State 3-0 708
4 Connecticut 4-0 668
5 Syracuse 4-0 652
6 Duke 4-0 640
7 Louisville 3-0 555
8 Memphis 1-0 497
9 Florida 2-1 480
10 Baylor 3-0 443
11 Wisconsin 3-0 438
12 Xavier 3-0 394
13 Alabama 5-0 379
14 Kansas 1-1 327
15 Michigan 3-0 288
16 Pittsburgh 2-1 252
17 Marquette 4-0 241
18 California 3-0 216
19 Gonzaga 3-0 208
20 Florida State 4-0 189
21 Missouri 3-0 181
22 Vanderbilt 3-1 179
23 Arizona 4-1 134
24 Texas A&M 3-1 65
25 Creighton 4-0 62

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 58, Purdue 48, Villanova 48, Texas 31, UNLV 23, Cincinnati 23, Northwestern 22, Temple 20, Cleveland State 20, Saint Louis 12, Michigan State 12, George Mason 10, Illinois 8, Long Beach State 8, San Diego State 8, Saint Mary's 6, Oklahoma State 6, Washington 3, Virginia 2, Indiana 2, Marshall 1, Harvard 1, Notre Dame 1

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