Duke leads; UConn moves to No. 9
Duke is the unanimous No. 1 team in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, while Connecticut vaulted from being unranked into the top 10 after winning the Maui Invitational.
Duke received all 31 first-place votes from the panel of coaches. The Blue Devils are also a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press media poll.
ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll:
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Unbeaten Ohio State (5-0) climbed a spot to No. 2, followed by Pittsburgh (7-0), Kansas (6-0) and Kansas State (5-1), which fell a spot after losing to Duke last week.
But the biggest mover of the week was UConn, which is No. 9 thanks to its title march in Maui, which included wins over then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 9 Kentucky. The Huskies are 5-0 on the season and don't face a ranked team again until a Dec. 27 meeting with No. 3 Pittsburgh.
The Huskies are No. 7 in the AP poll, thanks in large part to guard Kemba Walker, who is averaging 30 points a game this season on a team that has five freshmen playing significant minutes.
Michigan State, which picked up a pair of first-place votes last week, fell to No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Today poll after losing to Connecticut in Maui. Syracuse (6-0), Missouri (5-0), UConn and Baylor (4-0) round out the top 10.
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