Duke, Tennessee swap spots to round out top five

Updated: December 5, 2006, 3:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

For the fifth straight week, the top three teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll remained the same.

Defending national champion Maryland, which improved to 10-0 after wins at Marshall and against UC Santa Barbara and Siena, remained No. 1, receiving 30 first-place votes. North Carolina (8-0), which received the other first-place vote after wins against UNC Greensboro and Tennessee, stayed at No. 2. Oklahoma (6-0), which won at Lamar and Tulsa, remained third.

Duke and Tennessee switched places. The fourth-ranked Blue Devils (7-0) moved up a spot after wins against Old Dominion and at Rutgers. The Lady Vols (6-1) fell a spot to No. 5 after their first loss of the season, 70-57 against the Tar Heels.

The next four teams also stayed the same from last week. Ohio State (7-0) stayed No. 6, Connecticut (5-0) remained seventh, Georgia (7-0) stayed No. 8 and Purdue (7-1) remained ninth.

LSU (9-1) moved up a spot to No. 10. Vanderbilt (8-0) jumped three spots to No. 11, and Baylor (9-1) improved from 13th to 12th.

Despite two wins, Arizona State (7-1) fell from No. 12 to No. 13. Texas A&M (6-1) fell four spots from 10th to 14th after a win against Arizona and a loss at Rice.

Stanford, which improved to 4-3 with wins against Santa Clara and Texas Tech, stayed at No. 15.

Rounding out the top 20, Louisville (8-0) improved from 19th to 16th; Cal (6-1) fell a spot from 16th to 17th; Michigan State (6-1) stayed at No. 18; George Washington (7-1) moved up a spot from 20th to 19th; and DePaul (5-1) also improved from 21st to 20th.

Rutgers (2-3) fell four spots from 17th to 21st after suffering an 85-45 loss to Duke.

Texas (6-1) and Bowling Green (5-1) were tied at No. 22, with the Longhorns moving up from 25th and the Falcons jumping two spots from 24th.

Pitt (8-0), which wasn't ranked last week, moved into the poll at No. 24 after wins at Akron and against Penn State. Previously unranked Florida State (8-1), which lost at Mississippi State but won at Fairfield and East Carolina, also moved into the poll, appearing at No. 25.

BYU, which had been ranked 22nd, and Texas Tech, which had been No. 23, fell out of the poll.

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