UNC jumps to fourth in coaches' poll

Updated: March 6, 2012, 1:01 PM ET
ESPN.com

With major conference tournaments tipping off this week, North Carolina (27-4) joined the top five in the latest ESPN/USA Today men's college basketball coaches' poll while top-ranked Kentucky (30-1) received all 31 first-place votes.

The Tar Heels gained the No. 4 ranking, moving up two spots after beating Duke on Saturday night to win the ACC regular-season title. The Blue Devils (26-5) fell from third to sixth in the poll.

Kentucky remained a solid No. 1 after completing an undefeated regular season in SEC play with its victory over Florida on Sunday.

Syracuse (30-1) remained No. 2 in the poll while Kansas (26-5) moved up one spot to third. Missouri (27-4) rounded out the top five, improving three spots from No. 8 last week.

Kentucky, Syracuse and Kansas remained the top three teams in The Associated Press' poll for a second consecutive week.

Ohio State (25-6) joined the top 10, jumping four spots from No. 11 to No. 7. The Buckeyes are followed by Michigan State (24-7), Marquette (25-6) and 10th-ranked Murray State (30-1).

Baylor (25-6) is ranked 11th, followed by Wisconsin (23-8), Michigan (23-8), Georgetown (22-7), Indiana (24-7), Wichita State (27-5), Florida State (21-9), Saint Mary's (26-5), Florida (22-9) and No. 20 UNLV (25-7).

San Diego State (24-6) is ranked 21st, followed by Creighton (28-5), Notre Dame (21-10) and 24th-ranked Temple (24-6).

Gonzaga (25-5) joins the poll at No. 25. Louisville (22-9), ranked 18th last week, fell out.