Shotgun Spratling | USCfootball.com

USC basketball falls out of top 25 polls

The Trojans fall to No. 31 after being swept on the road at Arizona State and Arizona.

For the second time this season, the USC basketball team made a very brief appearance in the top 25. The Trojans, ranked No. 23 last week, fell out of both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches top 25 polls after being swept on the road by Arizona State and No. 17 Arizona. USC is 0-4 when ranked this year and continued its streak of losing conference games when ranked. The Trojans have lost the last nine times they have played a Pac-12 school while being ranked. 

For more than 20 years, USC basketball hasn't climbed into the AP top 10 and that will streak will also continue until the Trojans figure out how to win on the road after falling to 2-5 in Pac-12 road games this season. Part of the issue is the lack of a winning culture. While Andy Enfield and his coaching staff is hard at work to mold his young team, there hasn't been a culture of success. USC hasn't seen much success, particularly in recent year and the Trojans haven't dealt well when they have had a little bit of success. The positive is the more you win, the more it becomes familiar and that has happened more this season than any since USC made the NCAA tournament in 2011. Of course, the Trojans were quickly eliminated in the First Four matchup with Virginia Commonwealth that season.

The Trojans did receive votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls and are currently No. 31 in both polls. The Trojans have an opportunity to gain some more traction with two more top-tier Pac-12 opponents this week as Colorado and Utah, who are both one game out of first place in the conference standings, visit the Galen Center. Utah will also be looking to gain some ground to push them into the top 25. The Utes are two spots out in the AP Poll and No. 26 in the Coaches Poll.

The Pac-12 has two teams ranked with Arizona jumping five spots to No. 12 after its sweep of USC and UCLA. Oregon got swept on the road at the Bay Area schools, causing them to slide to No. 16 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the Coaches Poll. 

Villanova remained No. 1 after their first No. 1 ranking in school history last year. Kansas jumped from No. 6 to No. 2 in the AP Poll while Duke re-entered the top 25 after having a streak of being ranked in 167 consecutive polls dating back to the 2006-07 season snapped last week.

AP Top 25

1
Record: 22-3
PV Rank
1
Points
1,601
2
Kansas (21)
Record: 21-4
6
1,578
3
Record: 20-4
3
1,471
4
Record: 20-5
4
1,349
5
Record: 21-4
9
1,343
6
Record: 22-4
2
1,248
7
Record: 20-5
7
1,188
8
Record: 22-3
5
1,174
8
Record: 21-5
8
1,174
10
Record: 20-5
10
1,094
11
Record: 20-4
12
1,036
12
Record: 21-5
17
823
13
Record: 18-7
14
742
14
Record: 19-6
22
692
15
Record: 21-3
19
681
16
Record: 20-6
11
529
17
Record: 20-6
18
497
18
Record: 19-6
13
494
19
Record: 18-7
28
489
20
Record: 19-6
30
462
21
16
441
22
Record: 20-6
27
232
23
Record: 19-7
20
125
24
Record: 16-9
24
123
25
Record: 18-7
21
97

USA Today Coaches PoIl

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova (25) 22-3 785
2 Kansas (7) 21-4 764
3 Oklahoma 20-4 680
4 North Carolina 21-4 674
5 Maryland 22-4 636
6 Iowa 20-5 624
7 Xavier 22-3 615
8 Virginia 20-5 489
9 Michigan State 21-5 560
10 Miami 20-4 558
11 West Virginia 20-5 488
12 Arizona 21-5 425
13 Dayton 21-3 382
14 Kentucky 19-6 346
15 Iowa State 18-7 319
16 Purdue 20-6 298
17 Oregon 20-6 259
18 Notre Dame 18-7 203
19 Duke 19-6 183
20 Providence 19-7 161
21 Indiana 20-6 154
22 Baylor 18-7 109
23 South Carolina 21-4 108
24 Texas A&M 18-7 106
25 Texas 16-9 73

Others receiving votes: Utah 60; Wisconsin 32; Wichita State 30; Michigan 29; Gonzaga 26; Southern California 26; St. Joseph's 17; Pittsburgh 16; California 15; LSU 13; Saint Mary's 13; Seton Hall 11; Hawaii 7; Florida 5; Texas Tech 5; Syracuse 3; Valparaiso 1; Stony Brook 1; Monmouth 1.


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