UNC falls out of coaches' poll

Updated: February 16, 2010, 1:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The hard times for basketball at North Carolina have extended to the women's team, which has fallen out of the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches' poll for the first time since 2001.

It's the first time in 172 weeks -- a streak dating back to Nov. 20, 2001 -- that the Tar Heels were not ranked in the coaches' poll. On Monday, UNC fell out of the Associated Press Top 25, ending a run of 163 consecutive weeks in that poll.

While North Carolina fell out of the Top 25, unbeaten Nebraska worked its way into a tie for No. 3 with Notre Dame. Otherwise, the top 10 remained unchanged.

In Tuesday's poll, voted on by a panel of 31 Division I women's coaches, unbeaten Connecticut continued its roll as a unanimous No. 1, followed by No. 2 Stanford and No. 5 Tennessee. Xavier, Duke, West Virginia, Ohio State and Florida State round out the top 10.

The Tar Heels (16-8, 4-6 ACC) were 20th in the coaches' poll last week and 18th in the AP poll. They have lost five straight games, the most recent an 82-78 overtime loss to Virginia on Monday.

Their misery mirrors that being experienced by the men's team, which last month fell out of the ESPN/USA Today coaches' Top 25 for the first time since January 2006. The men (14-11, 3-7) have just two wins in their last nine games.

While the UNC women dropped out, TCU moved up to No. 25.