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Indiana remains No. 1 in new AP poll, falls to No. 2 in Coaches Poll

Feb 11, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

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I cannot remember a single Monday morning where the topic of who would be the No. 1 team in the country was so wide-open.

In a season where there is no “best” team, four of the top five from last week’s poll lost in the past seven days. Kansas lost twice. Duke had a chance to vault themselves back into the top spot, but they went ahead and struggled to hold off Boston College on the road, needing a trio of Mason Plumlee free throws in the final minute to win.

As a result, this week’s No. 1 ranking felt like a toss-up. It felt like we should just have five teams tied for fifth place, and then go from there. But alas, someone has to be ranked No. 1, and for the second straight week — despite losing to a team that currently sits in the bottom half of the Big Ten — Indiana is the nation’s No. 1 team. The Hoosiers got 26 first place votes, while Duke (20), Miami (17) and Gonzaga (2) all got at least one first-place vote.

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The rest of the top five is as follows: Duke, Miami, Michigan and Gonzaga. Florida falls from No. 2 to No. 7 after getting drubbed by Arkansas. A three game losing streak for the Jayhawks has dropped Kansas from No. 5 to No. 14. Oregon has falled all the way to No. 23 this week after making their way into the top ten two weeks ago.

Things look quite different in the Coaches poll. Duke takes over the top spot, receiving 18 of the 31 first-place votes. Indiana (seven first-place votes) is second, followed by Gonzaga (one first-place vote), Miami (five first-place votes) and Michigan (one first-place vote).

The only major issue I have with the poll is ranking Duke above Miami. The Blue Devils have a much stronger overall profile than Miami does, but Duke is also playing without Ryan Kelly and just a few weeks removed from a 27 point beatdown at the hands of the Hurricanes. This isn’t seeding for the NCAA tournament; this a poll, a vote to determine who in the best team in the country today.

I just don’t understand how you can put Miami behind Duke right now.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. canetic - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    The Canes should be in the top spot.

  2. rodge1 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Go Canes!

  3. LogicalConsideration - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I’m a Carolina fan and this has nothing to do with Duke. The question of who is number 1 in a poll during the regular season should be “Who is the best team in the country right now?” Now, PART of that is body of work. Otherwise it would just be “Who had the best week?” Miami is handicapped by having a weaker first 3-4 weeks of the season and starting out unranked. But there is no one in the country who has been as been consistently as good over the last two months. Carolina has been noticeably improving the past 3 weeks and we got our butts handed to us by 26 on Saturday.

    This shouldn’t even be a close vote: Miami is the No. 1 team in the country.

    • imwhitewolf - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I’m a Duke fan and I think you have a really good post. Am looking forward to Wednesday. Hope you play as badly Wednesday as you did Saturday.
      That said, I have Indiana as the #1 team. Yes they lost but in the space of eight days they beat the #1 and #10 teams. I think they are playing the best basketball right now. I have Miami as #3 and Duke as #5.
      Obviously there is still many games to bed played and the polls right now really don’t mean alot (I said the same when Duke was #1). It becomes meaningful after the conference tourneys.
      I’m not going to bother Rob with another rant on how rediculous it is having Gonzaga at #5. He knows my feelings about the Zags.

      • savoirlaire - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Totally agree about Gonzaga…and what is the deal with AZ? They get pushed around at home by Cal, and only drop from 7 to 9? What the hell are they doing at 7 to begin with? ESPN has got to protect thair late night games, I guess. I’d love to see what would happen to a Gonzaga or an AZ if they played a few games in either the Big Ten or Big East…

      • thebadguyswon - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        UNC has no shot against Duke. This is going to be very enjoyable. I look forward to James-Michael McAdud dribbling off his leg in the paint.

  4. whistlndixie1 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    If rankings count towards RPI, but wins/loses don’t seem to impact polling, then why poll and why have RPI? Hell, let’s institute a mulligan per season…

  5. critter69 - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    I’m sure “losing to a team that currently sits in the bottom half of the . . . .” means that ALL the teams currently in the bottom half of the Big Ten would be in the bottom half of EVERY conference.

    Correct, Dauster?

    Such as in the America East conference? The Atlantic Sun? The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference? Etc.?

  6. stlouis1baseball - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    For those Hoosiers to bounce back like they did after the Illinois debacle was very impressive.
    To go into Columbus and beat the 10th ranked team in the Country by 13?
    I would say they made a statment!

  7. rbbeach - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I am a Duke fan and I don’t know how you cannot have the Canes number 1 and Florida 2 with Duke 3. Not sure how Indiana is as high as they are with their RPI. I cannot for the life of me understand how Indiana is even in the discussion.

    • manilovethepftcensors - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Maybe Indiana is in the discussion because they’re the best team in the strongest conference in the country. Just a thought. Not sure how you could not understand that.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Let’s see…
      You are a Duke Fan (who had his ass handed to him by Miami) and think Miami should be #1.
      Shocker!
      You better take another look at those Hoosiers. Dominating….

  8. manilovethepftcensors - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    How the hell does Michigan State not move up a single spot in the coaches poll? What a crock.

  9. Jeff - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Suck it Hoosier haters.

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