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Indiana back to No. 1 for third time

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 18 (UPI) — Indiana is again the No. 1 team in the USA Today Coaches’ basketball poll after a sixth consecutive week in which the previous top-ranked team lost.

Indiana (23-3) collects 19 first-place votes in moving up one spot to the No. 1 position. The Hoosiers were the pre-season No. 1 and held the spot until Dec. 17 when Duke took over.

The Blue Devils were on top for four weeks before losing, starting a string of short tenures at No. 1. Louisville, Duke, Kansas, Indiana and Duke (again) all had one-week runs atop the poll.

The Hoosiers have one game this week — Tuesday at No. 5 Michigan State.

Miami (Fla.) (21-3) jumps past No. 3 Gonzaga (25-2) for the No. 2 spot after pulling in seven first-place votes. Gonzaga receives three top mentions. The other two first-place votes go to fourth-ranked Florida (21-3).

Michigan State (22-4) is up three places to fifth and Duke (22-3) falls to sixth. Michigan (22-4) drops two to No. 7 with Syracuse (21-4) down one to eighth. Kansas (21-4) improves four spots to ninth and Louisville (21-5) comes in 10th.

Georgetown (19-4), unranked three weeks ago, is No. 11 while Arizona (21-4) and Kansas State (20-5) both slip two places to 12th and 13th, respectively. Oklahoma State (19-5) takes the No. 14 slot and Butler (21-5) falls five to 15th.

New Mexico (22-4) moves up to No. 16 with Wisconsin (18-8) coming in 17 ahead of No. 18 Ohio State (18-7), which is down four places this week. Memphis (22-3) rises six places to 19th and Marquette (18-6) remains at No. 20.

Colorado State (21-4) is voted 21st and Pittsburgh (20-6) is 22nd after a week at 17th. Oregon (21-5) and Virginia Commonwealth (21-5) return to the rankings in the Nos. 23 and 24 places, respectively. Notre Dame (20-6) is 25th.

San Diego State and Creighton fall out of the rankings this week.

Michigan State, in addition to playing Indiana, has a Sunday game at Ohio State. Other top games this week have Kansas at Oklahoma State on Wednesday and Georgetown at Syracuse and New Mexico at Colorado State on Saturday,

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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