Pitt, Texas move up in coaches' Top 10; Duke No. 1

Updated: January 16, 2006, 2:46 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Pitt has finally cracked the Top 10.

One of three remaining unbeaten teams, Pittsburgh (14-0) moved up two spots to No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll after victories over DePaul and then-No. 10 Louisville last week.

The other two unbeatens, Duke and Florida, both 16-0, remained first and second, respectively. The Blue Devils posted wins against Maryland and at Clemson and picked up all 31 first-place votes and 775 points. The Gators had 739 points.

Connecticut (14-1) moved up to third, garnering 688 points.

Rounding out the top five were Memphis (15-2) and Illinois (16-1).

Texas, which previously suffered embarrassing back-to-back losses to Duke and Tennessee by a combined 48 points, has posted six straight wins to move back up to sixth. The most impressive one was a 58-55 victory against then-No. 3 Villanova on Saturday.

After Texas (14-2), which also won at Big 12 Conference rival Iowa State last week and has outscored its opponents by 167 points during the winning streak, is Villanova (11-2), which dropped four spots, and Gonzaga (13-3).

Washington (14-2) moved up three spots to 10th after a triumph over UCLA on Saturday.

The Big Ten Conference occupies the next three spots with Indiana (10-3), Michigan State (14-4) and Wisconsin (14-2). North Carolina State moves up four slots to 14th and Louisville (13-3) drops to No. 15.

UCLA (14-3) drops four spots to 16th and is followed by West Virginia (12-3), George Washington (12-1), Ohio State (12-2) and Syracuse (15-2).

Boston College (12-4), which suffered a 78-60 loss against North Carolina State on Tuesday before regrouping against Florida State, fell seven places to 21st.

Maryland (12-4), North Carolina (10-3), Oklahoma (10-4) and Iowa (13-4), which was not ranked last week, round out the top 25.

Arizona dropped out of the rankings.

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.

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