Losses shake up coaches' top 10
"New Jersey & You, Perfect Together" used to be the Garden State's tourism slogan. But for Connecticut, New Jersey was no vacation paradise last week, as a pair of losses at Seton Hall and Rutgers sent the Huskies plunging eight positions to No. 16 in Monday's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.
UConn was one of five teams in last week's top 10 to lose in the past seven days, as Duke, Missouri, Georgetown and Louisville also dropped decisions -- results that shook up this week's top 10. But the Huskies, beaten 75-63 by Seton Hall and 67-60 by Rutgers, fell the farthest of any team in the poll.
Losing hasn't been a problem at Syracuse, which improved to 17-0 and remained at No. 1. The Orange received 30 first-place votes from the panel of 31 Division I head coaches, with No. 2 Kentucky garnering the remaining first-place vote.
Syracuse is one of three remaining unbeatens in the poll, along with No. 4 Baylor and No. 14 Murray State.
No. 3 North Carolina and Baylor each climbed one spot, followed by No. 5 Ohio State, which jumped two places.
Duke's upset loss at unranked Temple cost the Blue Devils three places, as they fell to No. 6.
While No. 11 Georgetown, No. 15 Louisville and UConn fell out of the top 10 with losses, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 8 Indiana and No. 10 Kansas all climbed into the poll's top echelon. Missouri fell three places to No. 9 following its first loss of to the season, to then-No. 22 Kansas State, which climbed four rungs to No. 18.
Other significant climbers in this week's poll included UNLV, which rose five places to No. 12; Murray State, up four places to No. 14; Virginia, which jumped five spots to No. 17; and Gonzaga, which entered the poll as former No. 19 Wisconsin fell out.
Florida fell five places to No. 19, while No. 20 Mississippi State, No. 24 Marquette and No. 25 Harvard all fell four spots each.
The Associated Press Top 25 ranked the top five in the same order as the coaches, with Syracuse getting 60 of 65 first-place votes and Kentucky receiving the remainder.