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Notes on the USA Today Coaches Poll for January 28, 2014: No dropouts, Gonzaga on the rise

Published on January 28, 2014

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Connecticut maintains its season-long place atop the USA Today Coaches poll for the week of January 28, 2014. No schools dropped out of the poll. Big movers in the poll in a positive direction include Gonzaga, elevated to the No. 17 spot, a change in five places. Purdue moved to No. 16 up four places. Three teams moved three places up the rankings including Arizona State to No. 20, South Carolina to No. 8 and Baylor to No. 7. Nebraska experienced the biggest fall with a drop of five places to No. 23. Kentucky fell four spots to No. 12. Iowa State also fell four places, to No. 21. Teams that dropped three places include Maryland to No. 9, Cal to No. 19 and West Virginia to No. 24.

RANK TEAM RECORD FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE
1 Connecticut Huskies 21-0 32 1
2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 19-0 0 2
3 Duke Blue Devils 20-1 0 3
4 Stanford Cardinal 19-1 0 4
5 Louisville Cardinals 20-1 0 5
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 17-3 0 7 1
7 Baylor Bears 16-3 0 10 3
8 South Carolina Gamecocks 18-2 0 11 3
9 Maryland Terrapins 16-3 0 6 3
10 Tennessee Lady Vols 16-4 0 12 2
11 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 17-2 0 9 2
12 Kentucky Wildcats 16-4 0 8 4
13 Penn State Lions 15-4 0 13
14 LSU Tigers 16-4 0 14
15 Texas A&M Aggies 16-5 0 15
16 Purdue Boilermakers 15-5 0 20 4
17 Gonzaga Bulldogs 18-3 0 22 5
18 Vanderbilt Commodores 16-4 0 19 1
19 California Golden Bears 14-5 0 16 3
20 Arizona State Sun Devils 17-3 0 23 3
21 Iowa State Cyclones 15-4 0 17 4
22 NC State Wolfpack 18-3 0 24 2
23 Nebraska Cornhuskers 13-5 0 18 5
24 West Virginia Mountaineers 17-3 0 21 3
25 Florida State Seminoles 15-5 0 25

Others Receiving Votes: Middle Tennessee 40; Wichita State 22; San Diego 22; Oklahoma 17; Syracuse 13; Marist 10; DePaul 8; Dayton 7; Michigan State 6; Texas 4; Georgia 2; Brigham Young 2; Colorado 1. List of Voters: The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 32 head coaches a Division I institutions. All are members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The board for the 2013-14 season: Joan Bonvicini, Seattle University; Joanne Boyle, Virginia; Lynn Bria, Stetson; June Daugherty, Washington State; Kathy Delany-Smith, Harvard; Brooks Donald-Williams, McNeese State; Tonya Edwards, Alcorn State; Oties Epps, Evansville; Jose Fernandez, South Florida; Stephanie Gaitley, Fordham; Sue Guevara, Central Michigan; Joe Haigh, St. Francis (Pa.); Bonnie Henrickson, Kansas; Rick Insell, Middle Tennessee; Jeff Judkins, Brigham Young; Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, Hofstra; Andy Landers, Georgia; Kellie Lewis-Jay, Florida Atlantic; Kevin McMillan, Tennessee-Martin; Dave Magarity, Army; Suzy Merchant, Michigan State; Faith Mimnaugh, Cal Poly; Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick, North Carolina-Asheville; John Olenowski, Manhattan; Kathy Olivier, UNLV; Kate Peterson Abiad, Cleveland State; Jennifer Rizzotti, Hartford; Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, Providence; David Six, Hampton; Charlotte Smith, Elon; Jaime White, Northern Colorado; Amy Williams, South Dakota.


 

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