Houston retained its No. 1 spot at the top of the final USA Today Coaches Poll ahead of the 2023 NCAA Tournament in updated rankings Monday. The Cougars earned 21 first-place votes -- eight fewer than last week after its AAC Tournament title game loss to Memphis on Sunday -- narrowly edging out Alabama and Purdue following Selection Sunday.
Alabama, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament as revealed by the selection committee on Sunday, earned eight first-place votes and landed at No. 2 in this week's poll, up three spots from last week. The Crimson Tide garnered 759 total points in coming up just shy of Houston's 777. They finished their pre-NCAA Tournament run with an SEC regular season title and on Sunday also clinched the SEC Tournament title.
Purdue, which ranks No. 3 this week, earned two first-place votes after a perfect week in which it clinched the Big Ten Tournament championship to go with its regular-season crown. No. 5 Kansas earned the outstanding first-place vote, while No. 4 Marquette did not earn any. The Golden Eagles won the Big East regular season and Big East Tournament and moved up two spots from its previous season high of No. 6 last week.
Rounding out the top 10 this week is No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 Gonzaga and No. 10 Virginia.
Here is the final Coaches Poll rankings ahead of the NCAA Tournament. First-place votes are in parentheses below.
Coaches Poll Top 25
1. Houston (21)
2. Alabama (8)
3. Purdue (2)
5. Kansas (1)
13. Kansas State
17. Texas A&M
18. San Diego State
T19. Saint Mary's
25. Florida Atlantic
Others receiving votes: Iowa State 47; Kentucky 29; Penn St. 24; Northwestern 23; Providence 21; Oral Roberts 20; Utah St. 14; VCU 9; Maryland 6; Kent St. 6; NC State 5; Memphis 4; Pittsburgh 3; Charleston 3; Michigan St. 1.