Longhorns make it 1-2 Big 12 poll punch
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.
The top five of the ESPN/USA Today men's coaches' poll:
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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.
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