Top teams remain entrenched in poll

Updated: December 28, 2009, 2:06 PM ET
ESPN.com

The first eight teams in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches' poll remain entrenched Monday, but the start of conference games could create some as-yet-unseen movement in the rankings.

Poll Positions

The top five of the ESPN/USA Today men's coaches' poll:

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For the complete ESPN/USA Today poll, click here.

Members of the Big East, Big Ten and Pac-10 jump into league play this week. Among the schedule is fourth-ranked Purdue (11-0) visiting Iowa, No. 5 Syracuse (12-0) traveling to Seton Hall and No. 6 West Virginia (10-0) hosting Marquette. The other power conferences follow suit in the coming weeks.

Kansas continues along at the top of the poll, where it has been since preseason, but the 11-0 Jayhawks no longer have a unanimous hold on No. 1. They lost three No. 1 votes to No. 2 Texas (11-0), whose only game last week was a 79-68 victory over then-No. 9 Michigan State.

Kansas again struggled in its most recent outing, needing a second-half rally to put away California. The Jayhawks visit No. 19 Temple (9-2) on Saturday.

Holding their spots within the top 10 are Kentucky (13-0), the Boilermakers, the Orange, the Mountaineers, Duke (9-1) at No. 7 and Villanova (11-2) at No. 8.

In what appears to be college basketball's game of the week, Purdue plays host to West Virginia on Friday (ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ET).

North Carolina (9-3) and Connecticut (9-2) round out the top 10, with both moving up one spot.

Michigan State (9-3) fell two spots to 11th. The Spartans visit Northwestern on Saturday, noteworthy because of the Wildcats' entry in The Associated Press Top 25 media poll for the first time since January 1969 -- when the poll was still just a Top 20.

The rest of the coaches' second 10: Kansas State (11-1) at No. 12, then Georgetown (9-1), Tennessee (9-2), Ohio State (10-2), Washington (9-2), New Mexico (12-1), Clemson (11-2), Temple and Georgia Tech (9-2).

Washington opens its Pac-10 schedule with a home game Thursday against Oregon State.

Temple's six-spot jump was the largest in this week's poll.

Mississippi (10-2), Gonzaga (8-3), Butler (8-4) and newcomers Texas Tech (10-1) and Florida State (11-2) round out the rankings. Florida (18th) and UNLV (20th) fell from the poll.