Connecticut and Purdue shake up college basketball poll rankings

Basketball Power Rankings: Connecticut and Purdue Stay on Top as Battle for Third Place Intensifies

In a recent poll conducted by USA TODAY Sports, the top two teams in men’s basketball remain unchanged. Connecticut continues to hold the top spot, while Purdue maintains its second position. The defending champions have been impressive with their dominating performances and have received multiple No. 1 votes.

The battle for third place is intense, with Houston climbing back to this position after a strong showing. Marquette has also made an impressive leap to fourth place, while North Carolina has slipped to fifth after losing to Clemson. Arizona has moved up to sixth, while Kansas has dropped down to seventh.

The top 10 is rounded out by Duke, Tennessee, and Iowa State. South Carolina is making a strong case for entry into the top 10 after jumping nine places in one week. Kentucky and Wisconsin are moving in opposite directions, with Wisconsin falling 12 spots after losing four games in a row and Kentucky dropping five spots following three consecutive home losses.

Indiana State has made a notable entrance into the rankings at number 24, marking their first appearance since their historic 1979 season. Saint Mary’s, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Colorado State have also regained positions in the rankings after falling off earlier in the season. The recent dropouts include Utah State, San Diego State, New Mexico, Florida Atlantic, and Texas Tech.

In conclusion, men’s basketball remains competitive as ever with many teams vying for positions at the top of the rankings. Despite changes in performance over time, some teams remain firmly entrenched as dominant forces on the court while others continue to rise or fall based on their play.

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