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Three teams making noise in latest Ferris Mowers Men’s College Basketball Poll
While Gonzaga and Baylor continue to sit firmly at the top of the poll, USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson breaks down three teams that could be nipping at their heels.
A busy week in college basketball caused a bit of shuffling in the Ferris Mowers Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll, though the top three teams remain unchanged.
No. 1 Gonzaga continued its impressive march through the West Coast Conference. The Bulldogs retain the top spot with 28 of 31 first-place votes cast this week. No. 2 Baylor retains the remaining three first-place votes. The Bears stayed unbeaten after surviving a tough test at Texas Tech Saturday. Villanova stays in third. The Wildcats have resumed practice and hope to take the court for the first time since Dec. 23 Tuesday against Seton Hall.
Iowa climbs four spots to No. 4. Texas slides just one spot to No. 5 after dropping a midweek game to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders, incidentally, climb a couple of places to No. 13 thanks to their top-10 split.
Tennessee also gains four positions this week to land at No. 6. Michigan drops two spots to No. 7 after suffering its first loss of the season at No. 17 Minnesota. Houston, Kansas and Wisconsin round out the top 10.
It was a good week for the ACC’s Virginia schools. Virginia makes the biggest jump of the week, vaulting 10 places to No. 12 following a blowout win at Clemson. Virginia Tech also jumps six spots to No. 14. Alabama is also on the rise, moving up eight notches to No. 16 after making its season debut in the poll last week.
Ohio State is back in at No. 18, along with No. 23 Colorado and No. 25 Florida State.
Louisville, Duke and Saint Louis fell out.