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College Basketball Rankings: Ohio State Falls Out Of Top Five In Coaches Poll

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The top ten of the latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll is really a mess. First-place Kentucky remains at the top with all of the 31 first-place votes, while Syracuse provides the only stability behind them at No. 2. Duke and Kansas rose from No. 9 and No. 10 to No. 4 and No. 5, while Missouri moved up one from No. 4 to the top three. North Carolina fell from No. 5 down to No. 7, while Michigan State, Georgetown and Baylor occupied spots 8-10. Baylor had previously been as far up as No. 6.

The Ohio State Buckeyes were the team replaced by Missouri in the top three, having lost a game to then-No. 12 Michigan State to alter the Big Ten title implications and, of course, these rankings. Michigan State still trails at No. 8, but the Buckeyes are a step down from where they've been lately, falling down to No. 6 on the rankings with a 58-48 loss in their last outing.

That game actually wasn't as close as the score implies, as the Buckeyes were thoroughly dominated from start to finish. Ohio State still has games against Michigan and Wisconsin on their schedule, with a rematch against MSU coming down the line as well

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