UConn finishes its regular season No. 1

Updated: March 2, 2010, 1:48 PM ET
ESPN.com

Notre Dame moved up one spot in the top 10 despite suffering a 25-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut on Monday, and UCLA broke into the new ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll released Tuesday.

The poll's first five remained the same -- unanimous No. 1 UConn (30-0), Stanford (27-1), Nebraska (27-0), Tennessee (27-2) and Xavier (24-3).

The Huskies, who beat Notre Dame 76-51, reached 30 wins for the fifth straight season and finished unbeaten in a Big East regular season for the eighth time. UConn can match the record of 70 consecutive wins set by the Huskies from 2001-2003 in the Big East tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.

No. 25 UCLA (20-7) moved into the rankings for the first time this season. The Bruins have won six straight and have two games left on their Pac-10 schedule.

Florida State (26-4) moved from ninth to sixth after winning three ACC games last week. The Seminoles were followed in the top 10 by Notre Dame (25-4), Duke (24-5), West Virginia (26-4) and Ohio State (27-4).

The Irish finished in a fourth-place tie with St. John's in the Big East but will be the fifth seed in the tournament because of a loss to the Red Storm.

The second 10 in the ESPN/USA Today poll: Georgetown (25-5), Oklahoma (20-8), Iowa State (22-5), Texas A&M (20-7), Baylor (21-7), St. John's (24-5), Gonzaga (25-4), Kentucky (23-6), Virginia (21-8) and Oklahoma State (20-8).

Hartford (25-3), Texas (19-9), Michigan State (21-8), Georgia (22-7) and UCLA complete the rankings.