Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Texas A&M short of unanimous No. 1
ESPN.com news services
Texas A&M completed a stunning run to its first national title Tuesday, and the Aggies were welcomed home by thousands of fans packing Reed Arena in College Station.
Only one thing was missing -- a single vote.
The final ESPN/USA Today women's college basketball top 25 poll was released Wednesday, and 29 Division I coaches who have a vote gave their first-place nods to Texas A&M.
The 30th coach cast his or her vote for Connecticut.
ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll:
There actually are 31 coaches with votes, but the 31st could not be reached to submit a ballot.
The Division I coaches voting in the poll are not obligated to vote for the NCAA tournament champion as No. 1 on the final ballot of the season. And in accordance with the rules set by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, regular-season votes are public, but the final one is not.
The coach who cast the No. 1 vote for UConn was contacted; the coach declined to go on the record to discuss the choices in final poll.
The lack of unanimity also occurred with the final ESPN/USA Today men's basketball coaches poll Tuesday, which came out the day after UConn beat Butler to win the national title. The Huskies received 30 out of 31 first-place votes; the 31st went to Ohio State, which finished fifth in the poll.
The men's mystery No. 1 vote, however, was revealed in an online report by USA Today. Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras told the newspaper he gave his No. 1 vote to the Buckeyes.
Adras said he also put Kansas No. 2 before voting for UConn third on his ballot.
"I voted for who I thought was the best team in the country based on the entire body of work during the season," Adras told USA Today. "I believe it is Ohio State. I want to congratulate Connecticut for winning the NCAA tournament. They deserved it."
Notre Dame, which Texas A&M beat in the final, was No. 2 in the final women's poll. UConn was third, followed by Stanford and Baylor.
Gonzaga rose to No. 8 in the final poll from No. 19, after becoming the lowest seed this year (No. 11) to reach the Elite Eight, where it lost to Stanford.
Xavier, previously No. 5, dropped to No. 11 after getting upset by Louisville in the second round of the tournament.
Ohio State rose from No. 24 to No. 17, and Georgetown jumped from No. 21 to No. 14 in the final poll.