Duke, UVA, Virginia Tech, and UNC made big moves in the first Coaches Poll

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It’s not often the team that starts the season at the No. 1 spot in the rankings loses its foothold atop the polls without losing, but such is the case with the Kansas Jayhawks. They were the preseason No. 1 in the Coaches Poll and are a perfect 3-0 to start their season, but fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in the first Coaches Poll of the regular season  released on Monday.

Supplanting the Jayhawks from their perch atop the Coaches Poll, just as they did the AP Poll last week, is the Duke Blue Devils. They, too, are 3-0 to start the season. But Coach K’s team has, to this point, looked every bit the part as the top team as evidenced by their season-opening beatdown of then-No. 2 Kentucky by a 34 point margin.

Behind Duke and Kansas in the first regular season rankings is Gonzaga, Virginia and Tennessee rounding out the top five. Previous No. 2 Kentucky, now on a three-game winning streak after the disappointing Duke loss, fell to No. 10 in the rankings. Below is the updated top 25.

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Duke 3-0 800 3
2 Kansas 3-0 763 1
3 Gonzaga 3-0 724 4
4 Virginia 3-0 681 5
5 Tennessee 3-0 647 6
6 North Carolina 4-0 639 7
7 Nevada 3-0 569 9
8 Michigan 5-0 565 18
9 Auburn 3-0 537 12
10 Kentucky 3-1 496 2
11 Michigan State 3-1 469 10
12 Kansas State 4-0 458 11
13 Florida State 2-0 400 15
14 Virginia Tech 4-0 382 17
15 Mississippi State 3-0 313 19
16 Clemson 3-0 264 23
17 UCLA 3-0 239 20
18 TCU 3-0 199 21
19 Purdue 4-1 165 22
20 Oregon 3-1 143 22
21 LSU 4-0 142 NR
22 Iowa 4-0 138 NR
23 Ohio State 4-0 113 NR
24 Nebraska 3-0 82 25
25 Buffalo 3-0 80 NR

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 66; Villanova 43; Maryland 41; Indiana 27; North Carolina State 24; Syracuse 23; Miami-Florida 22; West Virginia 18; Butler 18; Washington 16; Furman 15; Western Kentucky 14; Texas 13; Marquette 8; Texas Tech 8; Louisville 8; Vanderbilt 7; Florida 6; Minnesota 3; St. Mary’s 3; Arizona 3; Iowa State 2; Central Florida 2; St. John’s 2.

 
 
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