Coaches' poll top nine remains unchanged

Updated: December 19, 2006, 3:08 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

This week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll looks a lot like last week's.

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The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll:
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Maryland (12-0), North Carolina (12-0), Oklahoma (9-0), Duke (9-0) and Tennessee (9-1) once again remained the top five, with the defending champion Terrapins getting 30 first-place votes and the Tar Heels receiving the other first-place vote.

The next four teams also remained unchanged from last week: No. 6 Connecticut (7-0), No. 7 LSU (11-1), No. 8 Ohio State (9-1) and No. 9 Baylor (11-1). Nos. 10 and 11 switched places from last week, with Arizona State (10-1) moving up a spot after two wins and Georgia (9-1) falling a spot after two wins.

The next five -- No. 12 Vanderbilt (9-1), No. 13 Purdue (9-2), No. 14 Louisville (12-0), No. 15 Stanford (5-3) and No. 16 Cal (8-1) -- also stayed the same.

The biggest change in the poll came in the bottom nine. George Washington, which improved to 9-2 after a win against unranked Auburn, moved up from 20th to 18th. Texas A&M (7-2) remained 19th for the second straight week, while Michigan State (7-2) suffered the week's biggest drop, falling three spots to 20th after a loss to LSU.

Bowling Green (7-1) and Pittsburgh (10-0) remained 21st and 22nd, respectively. Marquette (10-1), previously ranked 25th, moved up to No. 23.

Two previously unranked teams entered the poll -- Arkansas (12-1) at No. 24 and New Mexico (8-2) at No. 25.

Florida State (10-2), which suffered a loss at unranked Washington, and Texas (7-3), which lost to the Lady Vols, both fell out of the poll.

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