Men’s College Basketball Polls: 2-17-20

Louisville Men’s Basketball fell out of the top 10 this week in both polls after dismal performances against two lowly teams. The Cards lost on the road to Georgia Tech and Clemson.

After coming off a huge victory over rival Virginia, things were looking quite good. However, the team came out with two uninspired performances against mediocre competition that led to the losses.

Here’s how the polls look this week.

AP Poll

Louisville fell 6 spots from 5th to 11th in this week’s AP Poll. To be honest, Cards fans should be happy about that because they could’ve easily been placed lower.

The top 4 remains unchanged with Baylor at 1, Gonzaga at 2, Kansas at 3, and undefeated San Diego State at 4. After Louisville’s unceremonious exit from the top 10, a few teams moved up to fill the void. Dayton is the new 5th ranked team while Duke and Maryland each moved up a spot to 6th and 7th respectively. Florida State remained at 8th while Penn State has made their first top 10 appearance in a very long time at 9th. UK rounds out the top 10 at 10.

Baylor, as has been the case for weeks now, received the majority of first place votes with 48. Gonzaga got 14 of them while Kansas picked up 1.

USA TODAY Coaches Poll

Louisville fell to 11th in the coaches poll as well. Despite the 2 bad losses it appears voters in both polls believe the Cards are still a formidable team. And, let’s face it, with the way the year has gone there aren’t necessarily any teams outside the top 4 that have pulled away from the pack.

The top 10 of the coaches poll mirrors exactly the top 10 of the AP Poll. Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas, and San Diego State are the top 4. Dayton, Duke, and Maryland all moved up and occupy the 5th, 6th, and 7th spots. Florida State held steady at 8th while Penn State moved into 9th. UK moved to 10th.

Only two teams received first place votes in the coaches poll. Baylor got 21 votes while Gonzaga got 11.

Louisville looks to rebound from the debacle that was last week with a home game against Syracuse on Wednesday night at 7 PM. On Saturday, the Cards will hopefully be carrying the momentum of a victory Wednesday night into a matchup with Cole Anthony and North Carolina. That game is also at the KFC YUM! Center and will tip at 4 PM. Both games will air on ESPN.

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