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Ohio State Back to No. 1 in Latest NCAA Basketball Coaches' Poll

Jared Sullinger has the Buckeyes back on top the coaches' poll.
Jared Sullinger has the Buckeyes back on top the coaches' poll.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
James PattersonContributor IFebruary 28, 2011

The shakeups continue in the college basketball rankings. Ohio State jumped back up to the No. 1 spot in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

The Buckeyes grabbed 17 out of 31 first place votes after wins this week over Illinois and Indiana.

Duke dropped three spots to No. 4 after suffering a loss at the hands of Virginia Tech on the road Saturday. Kansas grabbed the No. 2 spot, earning 14 first-place votes.

BYU's win over San Diego State earned it a No. 3 ranking and a possible No. 1 seed when the NCAA Tournament brackets come out in less than two weeks.

Texas lost on the road at Colorado on Saturday.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Pittsburgh at No. 5, Purdue, Notre Dame, Texas, San Diego State and Wisconsin.

The Arizona Wildcats were one of the biggest teams dropping down the list this week, moving eight spots down to No. 18 after cracking the Top 10 last week.

Arizona lost to UCLA in Pauley Pavilion over the weekend a few days after losing to USC.

St. John's moved up 10 spots to land at No. 15 in the latest poll after collecting wins over DePaul and 14th-ranked Villanova. The Red Storm is one of the hottest teams in the country, with wins in eight of its last nine games.

The North Carolina Tar Heels moved up six places to No. 13. UNC has won 10 out of its last 11 games, the only loss coming on the road against Duke.

The Big East got eight teams into the Top 25 rankings, with Louisville coming in at No. 11, Connecticut at No. 16 and Georgetown at No. 17.

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