College Basketball Rankings: Duke Tops ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Duke Ascends To No. 1 In AP Poll

This week's NCAA basketball rankings are complete with the release of the AP Poll, which follows the form of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll nearly to a T. Duke takes the No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll, rising after a week of turmoil at the top, but the San Diego State Aztecs cannot make a charge into the top four in these rankings.

Duke, the only member of this week's top five to survive last week without a loss, moves up to the top spot. The Blue Devils are followed by Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh, and Texas.

San Diego State, the last remaining one-loss team in Division I, remains at sixth, followed by fellow Mountain West team Brigham Young at seventh. The Cougars earned two first-place votes.

Following its upset of Pittsburgh, St. John's leaps into the rankings, landing at 23rd. Steve Lavin's first year at the helm of the Red Storm has been marked by big upsets at Madison Square Garden: the Johnnies have downed both Duke and Pittsburgh in New York City.

Full AP Poll rankings are as follows:

  1. Duke
  2. Ohio State
  3. Kansas
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Texas
  6. San Diego State
  7. Brigham Young
  8. Purdue
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Arizona
  11. Georgetown
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Florida
  14. Connecticut
  15. Villanova
  16. Louisville
  17. Syracuse
  18. Vanderbilt
  19. North Carolina
  20. Missouri
  21. Texas A&M
  22. Kentucky
  23. St. John's
  24. Temple
  25. Xavier
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College Basketball Rankings: Duke Tops ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll

This week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll has been released, and it reinstalls Duke, the reigning national champions, on top of the college basketball world. After a week in which Kansas, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Texas all lost, the Blue Devils once again take the top spot in the Coaches' Poll.

Also making a leap: San Diego State, which rises from sixth to fourth and earns three first-place votes. The Aztecs are the last remaining Division I team with just one loss, and have racked up an impressive 14 wins on the road and at neutral sites. Could Steve Fisher's squad be headed for a No. 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament?

The top-10 team most hurt by a loss last week is Texas, which falls three spots from second to fifth after being toppled by Nebraska on Saturday.

Other risers include Arizona, which enters the top 10 for the first time this season following a dramatic win over Washington, and St. John's, which earns its first ranking of the 2010-11 campaign following its upset of Pittsburgh.

Full ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll rankings are as follows:

  1. Duke
  2. Kansas
  3. Ohio State
  4. San Diego State
  5. Texas
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Brigham Young
  8. Purdue
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Arizona
  11. Georgetown
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Florida
  14. Villanova
  15. Connecticut
  16. Louisville
  17. Texas A&M
  18. Vanderbilt
  19. North Carolina
  20. Syracuse
  21. Missouri
  22. Kentucky
  23. Utah State
  24. Temple
  25. St. John's
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