With Cincy, Big East holds 8 in Top 25

Updated: January 3, 2011, 1:30 PM ET
ESPN.com

Connecticut dropped five spots to ninth in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll Monday after the Huskies' first loss of the season.

But Cincinnati's addition at No. 25 helped the Big East fortify its dominance in the Top 25.

Duke remained atop the poll with all 31 first-place votes and also had all 65 No. 1 votes in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll.

The Blue Devils (13-0) on Monday were among seven undefeated NCAA Division I teams, all of which are represented in the coaches' poll with the appearance of the Bearcats (14-0), who entered after beating Seton Hall 70-53 at home on Friday.

Duke remained the unanimous No. 1 for the sixth straight week and has been the nation's top team all nine weeks since the preseason poll was released Nov. 8. Ohio State (14-0) and Kansas (13-0) remained second and third behind Duke.

Connecticut (11-1) and Cincinnati are among eight ranked Big East teams, including No. 4 Syracuse (15-0), No. 5 Pittsburgh (13-1), No. 7 Villanova (12-1), No. 13 Georgetown (12-2), No. 15 Notre Dame (12-2) and No. 23 Louisville (11-2).

The Hoyas look to bounce back Monday night against St. John's (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2), having fallen four spots after a loss to Notre Dame in their Big East opener.