Auburn drops one spot in the latest USA TODAY Sports Coaches Rankings

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Auburn basketball experienced the ebbs and flows of life in the SEC last week.

The Tigers opened the week by blowing out rival Alabama by 18 points on Wednesday at home before experiencing a trap game in Gainesville on Saturday, losing 81-65 to Florida. The uneven week has caused Auburn to take a bit of a hit in the latest rankings.

The USA TODAY Sports Coaches Update Poll was released Monday, and the Tigers have fallen to No. 12, down one spot from a week ago.

This week’s slate presents a challenge for Auburn, as they face two top-25 teams at home. The week starts on Wednesday as the hottest team in the SEC, South Carolina, visits the Plains. The Gamecocks jumped nine spots to No. 11 after taking care of Ole Miss and Vanderbilt at home. Kentucky, which visits Auburn on Saturday, fell to No. 20 after suffering its fourth loss in its last six games Saturday to Gonzaga.

There are five SEC schools in this week’s coaches poll. Joining the aforementioned programs is Tennessee at No. 9 and Alabama at No. 15.

A look at the entire Coaches poll conducted by USA TODAY Sports:

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Change

1

UConn

22-2

792 (24)

2

Purdue

22-2

776 (8)

3

Houston

21-3

722

+2

4

Marquette

18-5

647

+3

5

North Carolina

19-5

643

-2

6

Arizona

19-5

642

+2

7

Kansas

19-5

635

-3

8

Duke

18-5

529

+2

9

Tennessee

17-6

524

-3

10

State of Iowa

18-5

510

+4

11

South Carolina

21-3

475

+9

12

Auburn

19-5

421

-1

13

Bailiff

17-6

402

14

Illinois

17-6

356

-2

15

Alabama

17-7

337

+1

16

Creighton

17-7

242

+2

17

BYU

17-6

202

+2

18

Dayton

19-4

195

-1

19

Saint Mary

20-6

185

+7

20

Kentucky

16-7

136

-5

21

Wisconsin

16-8

117

-12

21

Oklahoma

18-6

117

+10

23

Virginia

19-5

109

+7

24

State of Indiana

22-3

106

+3

25

State of Colorado

19-5

96

+4

Schools dismissed

No. 21 Utah State; No. 22 Florida Atlantic; No. 23 Texas Tech; No. 24 San Diego State; No. 25 New Mexico

Others who are getting votes

Utah State 94; Texas Tech 89; Florida Atlantic 63; Clemson 38; Gonzaga 35; San Diego State 34; Nevada 27; TCU 20; Washington State 18; Great Straits 13; Texas A&M 9; New Mexico 8; Florida 8; North West 6; South Florida 5; Wake Forest 4; VCU 4; Michigan State 4; James Madison 3; Richmond 1; App State 1

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