Duke-UNC 1-2 in coaches' poll; Terps fall to No. 6
The top three in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll remained the same for the second straight week. The similarities to last week's poll end there.
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Duke (24-0) remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week, receiving 25 first-place votes. North Carolina (24-0), which received the other six first-place votes, stayed at No. 2, while Tennessee (21-2) remained third.
Connecticut (20-2), which has won six straight, including a 52-48 victory at then-No. 18 Marquette on Saturday, moved up one spot to No. 4. Riding a 14-game winning streak, Ohio State (21-1) also moved up a spot to No. 5.
Defending national champion Maryland's fall continued, as the Terps (22-3) fell from fourth to sixth followinga 77-72 loss at unranked Georgia Tech on Thursday.
LSU (21-3) held steady at No. 7 for a second week, while Arizona State (21-3) moved up from 10th to eighth following two road victories. Tied at No. 9 were George Washington (19-2), which has won 12 straight and was ranked 12th last week, and Oklahoma (18-3), which fell a spot from No. 8 after a 67-62 loss at unranked Texas on Wednesday.
Stanford (19-4) fell from ninth to 11th after a 72-57 loss to then-No. 21 Cal on Sunday. Georgia (19-5) improved from 14th to 12th after a 53-51 win against LSU and a 73-57 loss at Tennessee. Purdue (20-4) remained 13th for a second straight week, while Vanderbilt (20-4) moved up a spot to No. 14. Baylor (19-4) fell four spots to No. 15 following a 76-67 loss at then-No. 22 Nebraska on Saturday.
Louisville and Bowling Green traded places, with the Cardinals (21-2) moving up to 16th and the Falcons (20-2) falling to 17th despite winning 13 straight.
No. 18 Middle Tennessee (21-3), No. 19 Texas A&M (17-4), No. 20 Cal (18-5) and No. 21 Nebraska (19-4) each improved one spot from last week.
No. 22 Marquette (19-4) fell four spots from last week following two straight losses -- 66-56 at Rutgers on Tuesday and 52-48 to UConn on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights (14-6) moved up two spots to No. 23, and Michigan State (17-6) fell from 23rd to 24th despite two straight wins. Wisconsin-Green Bay (18-3), which has won 15 straight, fell one spot to No. 25.