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Tennessee enters top-4 fray in new poll

On Monday, Tennessee grabbed a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. On Tuesday, the Lady Vols moved up to No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

Could a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament be the next step in the process?

Tennessee remains part of that discussion after beating LSU 70-61 and improving to 25-2 overall and 13-1 in the SEC. The poll's top three -- Connecticut (27-0), Stanford (25-1) and Nebraska (25-0) -- remained unchanged from last week.

The Lady Vols, who have won nine straight, can win the SEC outright with a victory over 14th-ranked Kentucky at home Thursday.

UConn continues its run as the poll's unanimous No. 1. In fact, UConn and Stanford have been 1-2 since the release of the preseason Top 25, with the Cardinals' only loss coming to the Huskies.

Nebraska's biggest hurdle to an undefeated regular season comes Wednesday at No. 10 Oklahoma (19-7). From there, the Cornhuskers play Missouri and Kansas and finish up at Kansas State.

Xavier (22-3) moved up one spot to fifth and was followed in the top 10 by Duke (23-4), West Virginia (24-3), Notre Dame (23-3), Florida State (24-4) and the Sooners. The Fighting Irish fell out of a tie for third after losing at St. John's and at Georgetown last week.

The Hoyas (22-4) led off the second 10 and were followed by Ohio State (26-4), Iowa State (20-5), Kentucky (23-4), Texas A&M (19-7), Texas (19-7), Baylor (20-7), Virginia (20-7), St. John's (21-5) and Gonzaga (23-4).

Oklahoma State (18-8), Vanderbilt (19-8), Hartford (23-3), Georgia (20-7) and newcomer Michigan State (19-8) rounded out the rankings.