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Monday, March 13, 2006
UNC finishes atop coaches' poll; Ohio State No. 2 news services

The final ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll of the regular season looks a lot like last week's -- in fact, the top 18 teams were unchanged.

North Carolina, which has been No. 1 for three of the past five weeks, finished the season atop the poll, with 30 first-place votes for 774 points. Ohio State (28-2) received the other first-place vote and had 731 points. Maryland (28-4), Duke (26-3) and LSU (27-3) rounded out the top five.

Nos. 6 through 10 were Tennessee (28-4), Connecticut (28-4), Oklahoma (29-4), Rutgers (25-4) and Baylor (24-6). No. 11 Purdue (24-6) was next, followed by Georgia (21-8), DePaul (25-6), Stanford (23-7), Arizona State (24-6), Louisiana Tech (26-4), Michigan State (22-9) and Temple (24-7).

Utah (24-6) moved up two spots to No. 19, while BYU (25-5) fell one place to 20th following a win against TCU and a loss to Utah. Bowling Green (28-2) and Texas A&M (23-8) also rose a spot to No. 21 and 22, respectively.

UCLA, which hasn't played any games since March 6 but finished its season with wins at No. 13 Arizona State and No. 14 Louisiana Tech, made its way into the poll at No. 23 after being unranked last week.

New Mexico (21-9) fell four spots to No. 24 after a loss to unranked UNLV. Vanderbilt, which hasn't played since March 3 but finished its season with a loss to No. 12 Georgia, fell one place to 25th.

Minnesota (19-9) dropped out of the rankings.