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College Basketball Rankings: Notre Dame Rises, Big East With Five Teams In Top 20

The Big East now have five teams in the top 20 of the Coaches' Poll. Who are the other teams that are looking at bids to the NCAA tournament.

In the current USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll released Monday, the Big East continues to stand high in the rankings. Notre Dame rose seven spots to No.18 giving the Big East five schools in the top 20 of the rankings. Syracuse remains steady at No. 2, Georgetown rose one spot to No. 8, Marquette rose to No. 10 and Louisville rose to No. 17.

The Big East also remains a big contributor of teams in bracket previews with 9 teams in Joe Lunardi's bracketology and in SB Nation's bracketology. In addition to the five ranked teams, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, and Connecticut are all picked as of this week to be in the big dance.

In other ranking news, the top 5 of the Coaches' poll remains the same with Kentucky, Syracuse, Missouri, Duke and Kansas all holding those spots. Teams that broke into the top 25 include Wichita State, New Mexico and Temple. Teams that fell out of the top 25 include Virginia, Mississippi State and Gonzaga.

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