BYU drops to 12th in ESPN/USA Today Poll

In the latest ESPN/USA Today Poll the Cougars fell from 10th to 12th due to their four-point loss in Albuquerque on Wednesday.  However, the Cougars maintained their No. 12 ranking in the AP Poll.  A two-spot drop in one poll isn't too disappointing and if anything is better than expected.  

Pollsters clearly recognize that the Cougars were competitive until the end against New Mexico and that winning in The Pit against a ranked Lobos team is an incredibly difficult task.  Andy Katz (formerly of the Albuquerque Journal) said as much shortly after the Cougar's second loss.

The Lobos meanwhile shot up from 23rd to 15th in the AP Poll and (from 28th) to 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. Also of note was UNLV's 16 votes in the AP Poll and 11 in the other.  You can be sure that a win over the Cougars on Saturday would launch the Rebels into the Top 25.

Full rankings after the jump...

AP Top 25
 1. Kansas (54) 20-1 1,605
 2. Villanova (4) 19-1 1,534
 3. Syracuse (6) 21-1 1,506
 4. Kentucky (1) 20-1 1,460
 5. Michigan State 19-3 1,367
 6. West Virginia 17-3 1,230
 7. Georgetown 16-4 1,204
 8. Purdue 18-3 1,182
 9. Texas 18-3 1,069
10. Kansas State 17-4 1,025
10. Duke 17-4 1,025
12. Brigham Young 21-2 748
13. Ohio State 16-6 677
14. Tennessee 16-4 655
15. New Mexico 20-3 636
16. Wisconsin 16-5 585
17. Gonzaga 17-4 541
18. Vanderbilt 16-4 502
19. Temple 18-4 495
20. Baylor 16-4 461
21. Georgia Tech 16-5 459
22. Pittsburgh 16-5 278
23. Butler 18-4 216
24. Northern Iowa 19-2 193
25. Mississippi 16-5 132
Others Receiving Votes
Florida State 77, Cornell 39, UAB 32, Wake Forest 31, Xavier 31, Siena 19, Rhode Island 17, UNLV 16, Clemson 16, Missouri 13, Charlotte 12, Marquette 10, Saint Mary's 9, UTEP 7, Wichita State 5, Oklahoma State 3, Maryland 2, George Mason 1.

ESPN/USA Today Poll
 1. Kansas (26) 20-1 769
 2. Villanova (4) 19-1 735
 3. Kentucky (1) 20-1 705
 4. Syracuse 21-1 703
 5. Michigan State 19-3 652
 6. West Virginia 17-3 596
 7. Purdue 18-3 552
 8. Georgetown 16-4 550
 9. Duke 17-4 503
10. Texas 18-3 495
11. Kansas State 17-4 433
12. Brigham Young 21-2 432
13. Gonzaga 17-4 351
14. Tennessee 16-4 330
15. Butler 18-4 297
16. Wisconsin 16-5 277
17. Temple 18-4 253
18. Ohio State 16-6 245
19. Georgia Tech 16-5 211
20. Vanderbilt 16-4 160
21. Pittsburgh 16-5 133
22. Northern Iowa 19-2 129
23. New Mexico 20-3 125
24. Baylor 16-4 109
25. Cornell 18-3 53
Others Receiving Votes
Mississippi 52, Clemson 49, Florida State 34, Missouri 32, UAB 21, Saint Mary's 18, Xavier 15, Rhode Island 11, UNLV 11, Siena 8, Connecticut 6, Maryland 5, Louisiana Tech 4, Virginia Tech 4, Tulsa 3, California 2, Oklahoma State 2.
Dropped From Rankings
Connecticut 19, Mississippi 20, Clemson 21.

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