School basketball rankings: UConn slips to No. 5 after first loss, Kentucky hangs on in Coaches Ballot
UConn’s first lack of the season pushed it to its lowest rating within the Coaches Ballot in practically a month because the Huskies on Monday dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 within the newest rankings launched on Monday. The autumn from near-No. 1 to the bottom rating since Dec. 5 got here on account of UConn falling 83-73 on Saturday at Xavier, dropping it to 14-1 on the season and leaving simply two groups — Purdue and New Mexico — nonetheless undefeated on the season.
Purdue (13-0) as such tightened its grip on the No. 1 spot by receiving 30 of a potential 32 first-place votes this week. The Boilermakers acquired 25 final week and 24 the week earlier than, the primary occasions all season it drew out a majority of first-place votes by voters. Purdue started the season unranked however has charged up the rankings behind a bona fide Naismith Participant of the Yr contender in Zach Edey and a balanced offensive assault that charges as the most effective within the sport. The 13-0 begin is the third-best begin in class historical past.
Whereas the 2 unranked preseason groups UConn and Purdue have had a dream season and climbed the ranks, the other has been true to this point for Kentucky because it continued its downward spiral nearer to unranked territory on Monday. The Wildcats got here in at T25 in Monday’s ballot together with Iowa State, dropping eight spots after falling final week to Missouri and a win over awful Louisville. Kentucky has a tricky slate on deck this week with LSU and Alabama on faucet that might function a launching pad into unranked territory if it continues its inconsistent play.
The highest 25 groups within the USA At this time school basketball Coaches Ballot, with first-place votes in parentheses, data by Sunday, complete factors primarily based on 25 factors for a first-place vote by one level for a Twenty fifth-place vote and final week’s rating:
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 47; Kansas State 38; Louisiana State 35; Windfall 30; West Virginia 28; Charleston 24; San Diego St. 17; Michigan St. 14; Marquette 14; Saint Mary’s 12; Penn St. 11; Maryland 9; Virginia Tech 6; Florida Atlantic 3; UAB 2; Texas Tech 1.