Kansas new No. 1, Mizzou back in top 20

12:04 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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(KSDK Sports) -- The Missouri Tigers' huge blowout win over Vanderbilt on Saturday was just enought to push them up in the latest USA TODAY Sports coaches poll.  Push them up enough to re-enter the poll's top 20.  

Kansas moved into the top position, finishing just three poll points ahead of No.2 Michigan. The Jayhawks received 16 first-place votes to the Wolverines' 14. It was the closest finish for No.1 since the poll of Feb. 28, 2011. Kansas was also involved that week, finishing four points behind Ohio State.

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KU and Michigan were picked one and two in some order on all but one ballot. That last one had Florida No.1. The Gators actually finished fourth, just a single point behind No.3 Indiana. Duke fell from the top spot to No.5 following a midweek drubbing at Miami (Fla.).

Syracuse slipped two places to No.6, Gonzaga climbed three to No.7 and Arizona fell two to No.8. Michigan State climbed two spots to No.9 despite Sunday's loss to Indiana. The voters were also kind to Butler, which slid only one position to stay in the top 10. The Bulldogs followed a midweek loss at La Salle with a home win against Temple.

Oregon and Mississippi continued to make big moves. The Ducks, now alone atop the Pac-12, vaulted seven places to No.12. The Rebels jumped eight places to No.16. Miami, which followed its upset of Duke with a victory against Florida State, makes a splashy season debut in the poll at No.15.

Virginia Commonwealth dropped out of the rankings after a pair of close losses this week. Marquette claimed the No.25 spot this week, replacing fellow Big East member Notre Dame in the poll.


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