Longhorns make it 1-2 Big 12 poll punch

Updated: November 30, 2009, 2:03 PM ET
ESPN.com

They don't meet on the court until February, but Kansas and Texas find themselves practically side by side as the top two teams in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

Poll Positions

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The Longhorns moved up from third to second in the rankings released Monday following their fifth win to start the season, 77-59 over Rice.

The Jayhawks (5-0) remain entrenched at No. 1, receiving 30 of the poll's 31 first-place votes, the other going to No. 5 Duke (6-0). Kansas outpointed Texas 774-730.

Kansas and Texas also were 1-2 in The Associated Press Top 25.

This week's top five does not include Michigan State, which fell from second to ninth, the result of the Spartans' 77-74 loss to unbeaten Florida on Friday. It left Villanova (6-0) and Kentucky (6-0) moving up a spot to third and fourth, respectively, and Duke jumped two spots to fifth.

The rest of the top 10: Purdue (5-0) holding at No. 6, followed by Big East members Syracuse (6-0) and West Virginia (5-0) in another show of the conference's depth of strong teams. Michigan State (5-1) and Washington (5-0) round out the top 10.

North Carolina (6-1) leads off the second 10 ahead of another meeting opposite Michigan State; the Tuesday game is the headliner of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The NCAA championship game rematch lost a bit of luster with the Spartans' loss to Florida and the Tar Heels losing big to Syracuse last week.

After UNC, Tennessee is ranked 12th and followed by Connecticut (4-1), five-spot climber Georgetown (4-0), Ohio State (5-1), poll newcomers Gonzaga (5-1) and Florida (6-0), Louisville (4-1) and Clemson (6-1).

Rounding out the Top 25 are UNLV (5-0), Texas A&M (5-1), Georgia Tech (4-1), Cincinnati (4-1) and California (4-2).

Three Big Ten teams -- Michigan (15th last week), Minnesota (T-16th) and Illinois (No. 21) -- fell out of the rankings, as did Maryland and Vanderbilt.