UConn, 'Nova trade places; Duke coaches' No. 1

Updated: February 27, 2006, 1:46 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Villanova and Connecticut traded places in the top five Monday.

The Wildcats fell from No. 2 to No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll after Sunday's 89-75 loss at UConn. The Huskies, who had fallen from No. 1 to fourth last week after a loss to then-No. 4 Villanova, jumped two spots to No. 2.

The rest of the top five was unchanged, with Duke spending a second week at No. 1. The Blue Devils (27-1) earned 27 first-place votes for a total of 711 points. UConn (25-2) earned one first-place vote for 732 points. Memphis (26-2) held on to No. 3 for the sixth straight week, getting three first-place votes for 716 points, followed by Villanova (22-3) and Gonzaga (24-3), which stayed at No. 5 for the fifth straight week.

George Washington and Texas also remained unchanged in the rankings, with the Colonials (24-1) spending a second week at No. 6 thanks to an NCAA-best 16-game winning streak and the Longhorns (24-4) remaining at No. 7 after a one-point win over Kansas State and a 25-point blowout vs. then-No. 18 Kansas.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Ohio State, which jumped four spots to No. 8; Pitt, which moved up a spot to ninth; and Illinois, which fell two spots to 10th after a loss at unranked Michigan and a win over then-No. 22 Iowa.

Tennessee, which beat then-No. 9 Florida but lost to unranked Arkansas, remained at No. 11 for the second straight week, followed by Boston College, which moved up one spot to 12th. UCLA jumped four spots to 13th after wins over Oregon and Oregon State. Florida fell five spots to No. 14 after three straight losses, including one to Tennessee.

North Carolina, which is riding a five-game winning streak, had the week's biggest improvement, jumping six spots to No. 15 after big wins at then-No. 14 N.C. State and Maryland.

Washington moved up three spots to 16th, followed by Oklahoma, which also jumped three spots; West Virginia, which fell three spots to 18th after a loss at Syracuse and a narrow win at Louisville; N.C. State, which fell five spots to No. 19; Georgetown, which moved up three places to No. 20; and LSU, which also jumped three spots to No. 21.

Kansas, which beat Baylor but lost at Texas, fell from 18th to 22nd.

Michigan State was the week's biggest loser, falling seven spots to No. 23 after losses to then-No. 12 Ohio State and at unranked Indiana.

Rounding out the Top 25 are Iowa, which fell two spots to No. 24, and Wisconsin, which wasn't ranked last week.

George Mason fell out of the rankings.

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