Illinois finishes second in coaches poll

Updated: April 5, 2005, 4:01 PM ET
ESPN.com

North Carolina put a bow on its national championship by collecting all 31 first-place votes in the final ESPN/USA Today men's basketball coaches poll.

Illinois, which fell short in its title quest on Monday against the Tar Heels, was second. The Illini were followed by Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky.

West Virginia was the highest ranked team that was unranked in the previous poll, coming in at No. 12. Other previously unranked teams now appearing in the final poll are No. 22 North Carolina State and No. 23 Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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