Monday, February 16, 2009
UConn, Pitt in coaches' poll top four
ESPN.com news services
The top four in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll remained the same for a second consecutive week, but that will change after Monday night's Big East matchup.
Connecticut (24-1) remained atop the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, getting 30 of 31 first-place votes. No. 2 Oklahoma received one first-place vote.
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The rest of the top 5
2. Oklahoma (25-1)
3. North Carolina (23-2)
4. Pittsburgh (23-2)
5. Michigan State (20-4)
Top-ranked Connecticut (24-2) lost to No. 4 Pittsburgh (23-2) 76-68 on Monday night, with the outcome having ramifications for next week's poll.
Connecticut got 30 of 31 first-place votes; second-ranked Oklahoma (25-1) received the other.
North Carolina (23-2) remained at No. 3.
Most of the rest of the top 10 saw movement from the previous week. Michigan State jumped four spots to No. 5, followed by Memphis, which moved up from 10th to sixth. Louisville and Wake Forest stayed at seventh and eighth, respectively, followed by Duke, which fell from fifth to ninth after two straight losses to UNC and unranked Boston College.
Missouri, which is on a five-game winning streak, made the week's biggest jump, moving up from 19th to 10th following victories against Kansas and Nebraska. The Tigers are 22-4.
Tied at No. 11 are Marquette (21-4) and Arizona State (20-5), which was No. 18 last week. Clemson (20-4) and Villanova (20-5) followed at 13th and 14th, respectively.
UCLA (19-6) suffered the week's biggest drop, falling from sixth to 15th after two straight losses to Arizona State and Arizona. Illinois (21-5) came in at No. 16, followed by No. 17 Xavier, No. 18 Kansas, 19th-ranked Washington and Gonzaga at No. 20.
Rounding out the top 25 are Purdue, which moved up from 23rd to 21st; Butler, which fell from 15th to 22nd; Utah State, which fell from 17th to 23rd; No. 24 Utah, which wasn't ranked last week; and No. 25 Syracuse, which was 22nd last week.
Florida State, which had been ranked 25th, dropped out.