Tigers Back In The National Basketball Polls

LSU Ranked No. 22 In AP Poll; No. 24 In USA Today Coaches Poll

by Kent Lowe | Sr. Assoc. Communications Director
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Tigers Back In The National Basketball Polls

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers basketball team has returned to the national polls for the first time since Week 2, ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press media poll and No. 24 in the USA Today men’s basketball coaches poll released on Monday.

LSU has won eight straight contests including wins last week at home against Florida and on the road at Texas. 

The Tigers, 15-4 and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference, host Alabama on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Tickets are available at LSUTix.net and during normal business hours at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office.

In the AP poll, LSU was ranked No. 22 in the preseason poll and No. 23 in the week 2 before falling out of the top 25. LSU received votes the last two weeks before moving into the Top 25 on Monday.

LSU received 260 points from the 64-member voting panel and 74 points from the 32 head coaches that vote on the USA Today poll..

AP Top 25
Jan. 27, 2020

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1, Baylor (17-1), 1,578, 1
2, Gonzaga (21-1), 1,552, 2
3, Kansas (16-3), 1,434, 3
4, San Diego State (21-0), 1,408, 4
5, Florida State (17-2), 1,318, 5
6, Louisville (17-3), 1,277, 6
7, Dayton (18-2), 1,163, 7
8, Villanova (16-3), 1,110, 9
9, Duke (16-3), 1,084, 8
10, Seton Hall (15-4), 1,055, 10
11, Oregon (17-4), 926, 12
12, West Virginia (16-3), 874, 14
13, Kentucky (15-4), 839, 15
14, Michigan State (15-5), 751, 11
15, Maryland (16-4), 650, 17
16, Butler (16-4), 631, 13
17, Auburn (17-2), 619, 16
18, Iowa (14-5), 545, 19
19, Illinois (15-5), 483, 21
20, Colorado (16-4), 314, 23
21, Houston (16-4), 296, 25
22, LSU (15-4), 260, NR
23, Wichita State (17-3), 161, NR
24, Penn State (14-5), 114, NR
25, Rutgers (15-5), 102, 24

Others receiving votes:
Creighton 59, Arizona 55, Texas Tech 33, Ohio State 16, Indiana 15, East Tennessee State 14, Northern Iowa 13, Memphis 11, USC 9, Rhode Island 6, Purdue 6, Florida 4, Arkansas 3, Saint Mary’s 3, Tulsa 3, SMU 3, Wisconsin 1, Akron 1, Harvard 1

Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll
Jan. 27, 2020

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, Baylor (15), 17-1, 782, 2
2, Gonzaga (17), 21-1, 780, 1
3, Kansas, 16-3, 711, 3
4, San Diego St., 21-0, 701, 4
5, Louisville, 17-3, 646, 5
6, Florida State, 17-2, 632, 6
7, Dayton, 18-2, 593, 7
8, Duke, 16-3, 565, 8
9, Seton Hall, 15-4, 521, 10
10, Villanova, 16-3, 511, 11
11, West Virginia, 16-3, 432, 15
12, Oregon, 17-4, 424, 13
13, Kentucky, 15-4, 414, 14
14, Michigan St, 15-5, 403, 9
15, Maryland, 16-4, 362, 17
16, Auburn, 17-2, 312, 16
17, Butler, 16-4, 282, 12
18, Iowa, 14-5, 268, 19
19, Illinois, 15-5, 235, 22
20, Houston, 16-4, 157, 24
21, Colorado, 16-4, 121, NR
22, Wichita St., 17-3, 115, 22
23, Penn St., 14-5, 76, NR
24, LSU, 15-4, 74, NR
25, Rutgers, 15-5, 72, 25

Dropped Out
No. 18 Texas Tech; No. 20 Memphis; No. 21 Arizona.

Others Receiving Votes
Arizona 49; Texas Tech 47; Creighton 41; Ohio St. 14; Indiana 14; Tulsa 12; St. Mary’s 8; Yale 7; Marquette 7; Arkansas 6; Northern Iowa 2; Stanford 1; Southern California 1; Memphis 1; East Tennessee St. 1.

The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 32 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The board for the 2019-20 season: Randy Bennett, Saint Mary’s; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Glenn Braica, St. Francis (N.Y.); Tim Cluess, Iona; Jon Coffman, Purdue Fort Wayne; Tom Crean, Georgia; Scott Drew, Baylor; Matt Driscoll, North Florida; Steve Forbes, East Tennessee State; Mark Fox, California; John Gallagher, Hartford; Steve Hawkins, Western Michigan; Ron Hunter, Tulane; George Ivory, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa; Chris Jans, New Mexico State; James Jones, Yale; Greg Kampe, Oakland; Danny Kaspar, Texas State; Shantay Legans, Eastern Washington; Grant McCasland, North Texas; Mike McConathy, Northwestern State; Robert McCullum, Florida A&M; Greg McDermott, Creighton; Matt McMahon, Murray State; Dan Monson, Long Beach State; Chris Mooney, Richmond; Matt Painter, Purdue; Dave Pilipovich, Air Force; Brett Reed, Lehigh; Tubby Smith, High Point; Zach Spiker, Drexel.