UConn claims coaches' poll top spot; Duke No. 2

Updated: January 23, 2006, 8:57 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Duke's first loss of the season cost it more than just its perfect record.

The 17-1 Blue Devils, who suffered an 87-84 loss at Georgetown on Saturday, fell to No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll for the first time all season. Connecticut, which beat two ranked teams last week and also got a little help from previously unbeaten and second-ranked Florida's 80-76 loss to then-unranked Tennessee, jumped two spots to No. 1.

The Huskies, 16-1, had been ranked second in the coaches' poll five times this season. But an 88-80 win over then-No. 20 Syracuse and a 71-58 victory over then-No. 15 Louisville sent it to the top spot. UConn received 19 first-place votes and 751 total points, three more than Duke, which still received 10 first-place votes.

Memphis (17-2) moved up to No. 3 ahead of the Gators (17-1), and Texas (16-2) slid back into the top five.

The second five begins with Villanova (13-2) and a tie for seventh between Gonzaga (15-3) and Illinois (17-2). Washington (16-2) is ninth and Pittsburgh (15-1) dropped one spot to 10th after its first loss, 55-50 against St. John's on Saturday.

Indiana (12-3) and Michigan State (15-4) remain 11th and 12th, respectively, while West Virginia moved up four slots to No. 13 and is followed by North Carolina State (15-3) and George Washington (14-1).

Ohio State (14-2) is 16th, followed by UCLA (15-4), Boston College (14-4) and Maryland (13-4). Tennessee (12-3) vaulted back into the poll at No. 20 after its stunning win over the Gators.

The week's biggest dropper, Wisconsin (14-4) fell eight spots to No. 21 after losing at Ohio State and then being shocked at home by North Dakota State. Oklahoma (11-4) is 22nd, followed by Louisville (13-5), Syracuse (15-4) and North Carolina (11-4).

Iowa was the only team to drop out of the poll this week.

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.

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