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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
UConn, Stanford 1-2 in coaches' poll

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Connecticut's stay away from the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll has ended after seven weeks.

The Huskies returned to the top spot Tuesday, as it did in The Associated Press media poll Monday, after No. 1 Baylor lost to Texas Tech on Saturday and UConn defeated Notre Dame.

Before surrendering the No. 1 ranking to Baylor -- the result of the Huskies' Dec. 30 loss to Stanford -- UConn had spent the previous 47 weeks (coaches' poll) and 51 weeks (AP poll) at No. 1.

The Huskies (26-1) received 30 of a possible 31 first-place votes in this week's coaches' poll. The other first-place vote went to Stanford (24-2).

Baylor (24-2) fell to third; Tennessee (26-2) and Texas A&M held steady at Nos. 4 and 5.

UConn puts a 76-game home-court winning streak -- the longest in Division I since 1981 -- on the line Tuesday night against Seton Hall.

The same teams make up the remainder of the coaches' top 10, but the landscape is a bit different.

Xavier (23-2) holds down the sixth spot, Notre Dame (22-5) moves up one to seventh, Michigan State (24-3) jumps two spots to eighth and Duke (24-3) and UCLA (22-3) are tied for ninth. Duke fell from seventh, while UCLA was ninth by itself last week.

The poll's second 10 experienced modest shuffling but no change in the populace -- DePaul, Florida State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Miami, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia, Georgetown and Kentucky.

Marist, Marquette, newcomer Gonzaga, Iowa State and newcomer Houston round out the poll. St. John's and Penn State fell out of the top 25.