UNC, OU, Duke, Tennessee round out top five
For the fifth week in a row, the teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll top five remained the same. The rest of the top 25, though, wasn't quite as steady.
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Maryland (12-0), North Carolina (10-0), Oklahoma (8-0), Duke (9-0) and Tennessee (8-1) remained Nos. 1 through 5. The defending national champion Terrapins received 30 first-place votes, while the Tar Heels got the other first-place vote.
Connecticut (6-0) moved up a spot to No. 6. LSU, which beat Ohio State 75-51 on Sunday, improved to 10-1 and jumped three spots to seventh; the Buckeyes fell from sixth to eighth. Baylor, which hasn't played since Dec. 4, jumped three spots from No. 12 to No. 9. Georgia, which suffered its first loss of the season, 70-62 to Middle Tennessee on Thursday, fell from eighth to No. 10.
Arizona State (8-1) moved up from 13th to 11th. Vanderbilt, which suffered a 69-48 loss to the Blue Devils on Thursday, its first of the season, fell from No. 11 to No. 12. Purdue, which lost at Notre Dame and won at Butler, improved to 8-2 and jumped from 16th to 14th. Stanford, which held steady at 4-3 after not playing since Dec. 3, remained 15th.
After wins against Fresno State and at Kansas, Cal (8-1) jumped from No. 17 to No. 16. Michigan State (7-1) also moved up a spot to No. 17. DePaul, which beat previously ranked Rutgers 87-73 on Thursday, improved from 20th to 18th. Texas A&M suffered the week's biggest drop, falling five spots from 14th to 19th after a 65-59 loss at unranked Washington. Rounding out the top 20, George Washington, which suffered an 85-62 loss at Tennessee but beat unranked Liberty 74-66, fell from 19th to 20th.
Bowling Green, which posted wins against Indiana and at St. Bonaventure, improved to 7-1 and moved up a spot from 22nd to 21st. Pitt (10-1) and Florida State (10-1) both moved up two spots, to No. 22 and No. 23, respectively. Texas (7-2) fell two spots to No. 24 after a win at Texas-Pan Am and a loss at Duke. Previously uranked Marquette (9-1) debuted at No. 25 after wins against West Virginia and at Oakland.
Rutgers (3-4) fell out of the poll after its loss to DePaul.
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