This week's USA TODAY Coaches Poll once again features four teams from the BIG EAST Conference as Villanova, Xavier, Providence and Butler make up 16 percent of the Top 25.
The highest ranked squad in the BIG EAST is the Villanova Wildcats who hopped up six spots to the No. 7 position. 'Nova went 2-0 last week, soundly defeating Seton Hall at The Pavilion and then trumped Butler at HInkle Fieldhouse on Sunday night.
The Wildcats are followed by the No. 8 ranked Xavier Musketeers who too jumped up from the teens to the single digits, jumping up four spots in the poll. X won their only matchup of the week - a road test against the St. John's Red Storm - back on Wednesday.
No. 12 Providence dropped pretty respectively down to No. 12 after their home court loss to unranked Marquette this past week.
And finally, the biggest drop was from the Butler Bulldogs who dipped down four spots to No. 23 after being ranked No. 19 last week. The Bulldogs went 1-1 last week with a road win over DePaul and an aforementioned loss to Villanova on Sunday night on their home court.
Full poll is below.
USA Today Coaches Poll
|Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 34; Oregon 18; Southern California 16; UCLA 12; George Washington 11; California 9; Dayton 5; Houston 5; Valparaiso 5; Washington 3; Texas Tech 3; Cincinnati 2; Arkansas-Little Rock 2; Boise State 1; Hawaii 1; Utah 1; Saint Mary's 1.|