A festive week of holiday tournaments and made-for-television matchups in men’s college basketball shook up the Ferris Mowers Men's Basketball Coaches Poll. When the dust settled, a familiar name is back on top.
Duke takes over the No. 1 position, vaulting all the way up from No. 6 after upending previous No. 1 Gonzaga in an entertaining contest Friday night in Las Vegas. The Blue Devils received 19 of 31 first-place votes cast this week. It’s accustomed territory for Duke over the years, but the last time the Blue Devils were No. 1 was November of 2019.
Purdue climbs to No. 2, coming up just short of topping the rankings for the first time since USA TODAY began administering the poll. But the Boilermakers did receive 10 first-place votes this week. Gonzaga, which had handled UCLA in impressive fashion before the loss to Duke, slides to No. 3. Baylor, the defending national champion that had a good week in the Bahamas, is up to No. 4 and picked up the remaining to first-place nods. UCLA now rounds out the top five.
Florida is the week’s biggest mover, leaping 12 places to No. 12 with a 6-0 start. No. 11 Arizona also makes a significant jump from No. 19. Michigan drops 11 spots but hangs on at No. 24.
Wisconsin heads a group of newcomers at No. 21 after claiming the Maui Invitational title in Las Vegas. Michigan State came up short against Baylor in the Bahamas but still joins the poll at No. 22. No. 23 Iowa State also moves in.
Illinois, Seton Hall and Oregon are the week’s dropouts.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College basketball coaches poll: Duke is No. 1 after Gonzaga victory