Duke-UNC 1-2 in coaches poll; top five unchanged
For the fifth straight week, Duke and North Carolina were Nos. 1 and 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. Following a 64-53 victory over the Tar Heels on Thursday, however, the Blue Devils strengthened their hold on the top spot.
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Duke (26-0) received all 31 first-place votes for the first time all season. UNC (25-1), which had received at least one first-place vote in each of its previous 14 weeks at No. 2, didn't receive any following its only loss of the season.
No. 3 Tennessee (23-2), No. 4 Connecticut (22-2), No. 5 Ohio State (23-1), No. 6 Maryland (24-3), No. 7 LSU (22-4) and No. 8 Arizona State (23-3) each held their positions for the second straight week. George Washington (21-2), which had been tied for at No. 9 with Oklahoma last week, stayed the same as well.
Stanford (21-4) improved from 11th to 10th after two straight wins, while the Sooners (19-4) fell to No. 11 following a 78-68 loss to then-No. 19 Texas A&M.
Georgia (21-5) stayed at No. 12 for the second straight week, while No. 13 Vanderbilt (21-4) and No. 14 Baylor (21-4) each moved up a spot from last week. Purdue (21-5) remained 15th despite a 54-52 loss to No. 24 Michigan State on Sunday.
Texas A&M (19-4) improved to 16th from 19th following its win against Oklahoma. No. 17 Bowling Green (22-2) and No. 18 Middle Tennessee (22-2) stayed the same, while Louisville (22-3) fell from 16th to 19th after a 64-55 loss to unranked Notre Dame on Wednesday.
Nebraska (21-4) and Marquette (20-4) each moved up one spot, to No. 20 and No. 21, respectively. After a 79-76 loss at unranked Washington on Thursday, Cal (19-6) fell from 20th to 22nd.
Rutgers (15-7), Michigan State (19-6) and Wisconsin-Green Bay (19-3) rounded out the Top 25.
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