With the holidays wrapping up and the non-conference season winding down, there weren't many changes in the national college basketball polls this week. Michigan State remained at the top of the list in both the AP and Coaches polls, while Maryland is #4 for the second straight week. However, though Purdue stayed at #14 in the AP poll, Providence jumped the Boilermakers in the Coaches poll, dropping them from #13 to #14. This is a small change and not one to get up in arms about. But, given Purdue beat a then-ranked Vanderbilt by 13 points and Providence beat a 6-5 UMass team last week, the move makes no sense. That's the Coaches poll for you.
There were no other Big Ten teams in the polls. However, Northwestern (11) and Iowa (7) earned votes in the AP poll, while Indiana received three votes in the Coaches poll. And Michigan didn't receive a single vote in either poll for the fifth straight week.
Here are the full AP and Coaches polls for December 28, 2015:
|1||Michigan State Spartans (64)||13-0||1623||1|
|2||Kansas Jayhawks (1)||10-1||1534||2|
|7||North Carolina Tar Heels||11-2||1219||7|
|11||Iowa State Cyclones||10-1||938||11|
|15||Duke Blue Devils||9-2||781||15|
|19||West Virginia Mountaineers||10-1||500||19|
|20||Texas A&M Aggies||9-2||371||21|
|24||South Carolina Gamecocks||11-0||175||25|
|Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 49, Oregon 45, Gonzaga 44, Pittsburgh 42, Geo. Wash. 40, Dayton 19, Colorado 15, Monmouth 11, Northwestern 11, Vanderbilt 10, Iowa 7, Texas Tech 6, Texas 4, Florida 4, St. Joseph's 2, Mississippi 1, St. Mary's 1|
USA Today Coaches Poll
|1||Michigan St (26)||13-0||746|
|Others Receiving Votes Connecticut 46; George Washington 25; UCLA 18; Oregon 17; Notre Dame 15; Vanderbilt 10; Dayton 7; Colorado 5; Texas 4; California 3; Indiana 3; Monmouth 2; Texas Tech 1; Southern California 1; Saint Mary?s 1|