North Carolina remains atop coaches' poll; Connecticut gets first-place vote

Updated: November 17, 2008, 2:28 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Tar Heels are still No. 1. But they're no longer the unanimous choice.

North Carolina (1-0) received 30 of 31 first-place votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. Connecticut, the preseason No. 2, remained second and received the other first-place vote. The Huskies are 1-0 after an 81-55 win over Western Carolina last week.

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The rest of the top 19 remained the same. Louisville, which has yet to play a game, was third, followed by UCLA (2-0) at No. 4 and Duke (3-0) at No. 5. Pitt (1-0), Michigan State (1-0), Texas (1-0), Notre Dame (1-0) and Purdue rounded out the top 10.

The season's first matchup of top 10 teams could take place Friday in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in New York if Duke beats Southern Illinois in one semifinal and UCLA defeats Michigan in the other.

North Carolina, which is also No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, hosts Kentucky on Tuesday and is at Cal-Santa Barbara on Friday before playing in the EA Sports Maui Invitational next week in a field that also features Texas and Notre Dame.

Gonzaga (1-0) came in at No. 11, followed by Memphis (1-0), Tennessee (1-0), Oklahoma (1-0) and Arizona State (1-0). Miami and Marquette, both 1-0, were 16th and 17th, respectively. Georgetown, which also has yet to play a game, was 18th, while Florida (2-0) held at No. 19.

The only change in the poll came in the bottom six. Southern California, which had been tied at No. 21 with Wisconsin in the preseason poll, moved up to 20th following a 78-55 victory over UCI. Davidson (1-0) fell one spot to No. 21 despite a 107-83 win over Guilford. The Badgers (1-0) fell to 22nd after a 68-61 victory over Long Beach State. Villanova (1-0) moved up two spots to No. 23.

Last year's national champion, Kansas, and Wake Forest both fell one spot, to 24th and 25th, respectively.

No teams from the preseason poll lost in the first week. That left all 25 teams from the first regular-season poll in the latest rankings.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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