Ohio State, UCLA top rankings; Florida falls to 4th
Undefeated Ohio State took over the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll for the first time, while UCLA, the champion of the Maui Invitational, jumped three spots to No. 2 this week.
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The Buckeyes (6-0) received 11 first-place votes Monday -- two fewer than the Bruins (4-0). Ohio State was ranked third a week ago.
The Buckeyes are ranked third in the The Associated Press Top 25 writers poll, also released Monday, behind UCLA and Pittsburgh (6-0). Then, an interesting scenario could take shape.
If Ohio State defeats North Carolina (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and stays undefeated until next week's rankings, it would likely move to No. 1 in the AP poll and thus be the first school ever to be No. 1 the AP football poll and the AP and coaches' basketball polls at the same time. Notre Dame ended the 1974 football season ranked No. 1 and, two weeks later for the week of Jan. 20-26, its basketball team held the AP's top ranking.
Pittsburgh moved up one spot in the coaches' poll to third and received five first-place votes.
Florida, which lost to Kansas in overtime on Saturday, fell from first to fourth, but still picked up a pair of first-place votes. Kansas moved from 12th to fifth on the strength of their 82-80 victory.
North Carolina, which lost to Gonzaga in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals, fell from second to sixth, followed by unbeatens Alabama, Texas A&M and Marquette. Duke (5-1) is 10th.
Florida and Kansas round out the top five in the AP poll.
Information from ESPN's research department was used in this report.
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