Alabama Basketball 10th In Coaches Poll

Alabama basketball moved into the top 10 of the Coaches Poll this week, sneaking in at the 10th spot. Last week Bama had been 14th in the Coaches ranking.

As in the previously revealed Associated Press poll (where the Crimson Tide was eighth), the next test for Bama will be against the nation’s number one team, the Houston Cougars in Houston on Dec. 13.

Three Southeastern Conference teams are in the Coaches top ten – Tennessee seventh and Arkansas eighth, in addition to Bama.

Also in the top 25 from the SEC are Auburn 14th and Kentucky 16th. Mississippi State and Missouri are among those receiving votes, but not in the top 25.

Alabama Coach Nate Oats is one of the 32 head basketball coaches voting in the poll and the only representative from the SEC.

Each Coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so is down to one point for 25th. The top 25 with record, first place votes in parenthesis, and total points.


  1. Houston 8-0 (21) 757
  2. Texas 6-0 (4) 736
  3. Virginia 7-0,706
  4. Purdue 8-0 (6) 697
  5. UConn 9-0,651
  6. Kansas 8-1,572
  7. Tennessee 7-1,525
  8. Arkansas 7-1,499
  9. Arizona 7-1,490
  10. Alabama 7-1,442
  11. Indiana 7-1,384
  12. Baylor 6-2,382
  13. Maryland 8-0,372
  14. Auburn 8-0,338
  15. Duke 8-2,333
  16. Kentucky 6-2,326
  17. Illinois 6-2,294
  18. (road) UCLA 7-2,267
  19. 18. (Road) Gonzaga 5-3,267
  20. Iowa State 7-1,239
  21. Creighton 6-3,226
  22. San Diego State 6-2,141
  23. Ohio State 6-2 68
  24. Iowa 6-157
  25. TCU 6-1 45

Dropped from Top 25: Well. 15 North Carolina; Well. 20 Michigan St..

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 42; Virginia Tech 39; Miami-Florida 35; North Carolina 22; Charleston 21; Texas Tech 19; Wisconsin 18; West Virginia 10; Marquette 10; Rutgers 7; Xavier 6; Kansas State 6; UNLV 5; New Mexico 5; Michigan St. 5; 4 Utah St.; Memphis 3; Oklahoma 2; Missouri 2.

Voters: 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 2022-23 season:

Randy Bennett, Saint Mary’s; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Glenn Braica, St. Francis (NY); Kevin Broadus, Morgan State; Scott Drew, Baylor; Matt Driscoll, North Florida; Baker Dunleavy, Quinnipiac; Jim Ferry, Maryland-Baltimore County; Greg Gary, Mercer; Michael Huger, Bowling Green; Ron Hunter, Tulane; Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa; Rob Jeter, Western Illinois; James Jones, Yale; Greg Kampe, Oakland; Brad Korn, Southeast Missouri State; Grant McCasland, North Texas; Robert McCullum, Florida A&M; Greg McDermott, Creighton; Niko Medved, Colorado State; Dan Monson, Long Beach State; Chris Mooney, Richmond; Nate Oats, Alabama; Matt Painter, Purdue; Brett Reed, Lehigh; Keith Richard, Louisiana-Monroe; Mark Slessinger, New Orleans; Craig Smith, Utah; GG Smith, High Point; Zach Spiker, Drexel; Danny Sprinkle, Montana State; Brett Tanner, Abilene Christian.

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