North Carolina falls five spots in poll

Updated: January 16, 2012, 2:49 PM ET
ESPN.com

Syracuse and Kentucky remained first and second in the latest ESPN/USA Today men's basketball coaches' poll released Monday, but North Carolina tumbled after being blown out at Florida State.

The Tar Heels fell from third to eighth in the latest rankings, thanks to a 90-57 loss at Florida State on Saturday. That allowed Baylor (17-0) to move into the third spot, trailing Syracuse (19-0) and Kentucky (17-1).

Duke (15-2) moved from sixth to fourth and Missouri (16-1) climbed from ninth to fifth in the voting of 31 Division I coaches.

Ohio State (16-3) fell two spots to sixth after losing to Illinois last week. The Buckeyes rebounded to beat Indiana (15-3), which fell from eighth to 13th after losing to the Buckeyes and Minnesota.

The remainder of the top 10 includes No. 7 Kansas (14-3, and up three spots in this week's rankings), North Carolina, No. 9 Michigan State (15-3 and down top spots) and No. 10 Murray State (18-0 and up four spots).

The Racers have climbed eight spots in the rankings in the last two weeks.

Syracuse received all 31 first-place votes.

Joining this week's rankings were No. 23 St. Mary's (17-2) and No. 25 Illinois (15-3). Dropping out were Kansas State (No. 18 last week) and Gonzaga (No. 23 last week).