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STI/Hoopfeed Poll for 3/10/20: Upsets galore, Maryland moves up to No. 4

Published on March 10, 2020

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Portland stunned Gonzaga in the WCC semifinals and Zags fall in poll

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With a week of conference tournaments in the rearview and some surprising upsets, this week’s poll features a shakeup in the top ten. However, the No. 1 team in the land, South Carolina, continues to hold steady in the top spot after beating No. 9 Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament championship on Sunday.

Oregon moved up a place to No. 2 after topping No. 8 Stanford in the Pac-12 championship title game Sunday night. One of the week’s most stunning upsets: No. 3 Baylor had its 58-game Big 12 win streak snapped by unranked Iowa State in the last regular-season game for both teams. The Lady Bears fell one place after the loss.

Maryland moved up a spot to No. 4 after beating Ohio State and winning the Big Ten tournament crown. UConn rounds out the top five as the Huskies earned their seventh-straight American Athletic Conference tournament title, beating Cincinnati and finishing their last year in the league, before moving to the Big East next season, with a 139-0 conference record.

Another unexpected defeat was Gonzaga’s loss in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament to unranked Portland. The Pilots went on to win the tournament with an overtime win against San Diego. With the loss, Gonzaga dropped two places in the poll to No. 14.

Heading into the second week of conference tournaments, teams that secured an auto-bid with a league championship include UConn, Maryland, Dayton, DePaul, Maryland, IUPUI, Princeton, Oregon, South Carolina, Samford, South Dakota, Portland. Keep tabs on the tourney schedule and winners here.

No teams dropped out of the poll. Other teams that received votes: FGCU, TCU, Ohio State, Marquette, and Rutgers.

Rank School Record Last Change
1 South Carolina 32-1 1 0
2 Oregon 31-2 3 1
3 Baylor 28-2 2 -1
4 Maryland 28-4 5 1
5 UConn 29-3 6 1
6 Louisville 28-4 4 -2
7 NC State 28-4 11 4
8 Stanford 27-6 7 -1
9 Mississippi State 27-6 9 0
10 UCLA 26-5 8 -2
11 Northwestern 26-4 10 -1
12 Arizona 24-7 13 1
13 Oregon State 23-9 14 1
14 Gonzaga 28-3 12 -2
15 DePaul 28-5 19 4
16 South Dakota 30-2 15 -1
17 Kentucky 22-8 17 0
18 Florida State 24-8 22 4
19 Texas A&M 22-8 16 -3
20 Indiana 24-8 20 0
21 Iowa 23-7 18 -3
22 Princeton 26-1 21 -1
23 Missouri State 26-4 23 0
24 Arkansas 24-8 25 1
25 Arizona State 20-11 24 -1

The STI/Hoopfeed Poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of media members and other women’s basketball professionals.

This week’s AP Poll || USA Today Coaches Poll

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  • Mel Greenberg
  • Joan Bonvicini
  • Prentice Beverly
  • Brenda VanLengen
  • Charles Hallman
  • Rhiannon Potkey
  • Kristopher Gardner
  • Jacob Mox (for Her Hoop Stats)
  • Cindy Brunson
  • Kevin Danna
  • Ben Parker
  • Viet Nguyen
  • Michael Roberson
  • Lisa Bodine
  • LaChina Robinson
  • Cheryl Coward

 

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