Duke, North Carolina top coaches poll

Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Duke is the team to beat -- at least according to the voters in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

Duke (30-1) is No. 1 for the ninth straight week after receiving 29 of 31 first-place votes. North Carolina (30-3) climbed back to No. 2 and Connecticut (29-3) slipped to No. 3 after losing to Rutgers in the finals of the Big East tournament.

Tennessee (28-3) remained fourth and Stanford (28-4), which beat Arizona State to win the Pac-10 tournament, is No. 5.

Maryland (27-5), Ohio State (28-3), Vanderbilt (27-5), Arizona State (28-4) and Oklahoma (26-4) round out the top 10.

The NCAA Tournament begins on Saturday.