Kentucky, Syracuse still 1-2 in poll

Feb. 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM
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MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Kentucky is a unanimous No. 1 and Syracuse is second in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll as college basketball heads into the final week of the regular season.

It is the sixth consecutive week that the Wildcats (28-1) receive all 31 first-place votes in the poll. It is the third straight week the Orange (29-1) got all the votes for the second spot.

Only one other team -- No. 15 Wisconsin -- retains the same position it had in last week's poll but only three teams moved as many as five spots. Missouri drops five places and Florida State six after 0-2 weeks. New Mexico, another 0-2 team last week, falls out of the rankings.

Wichita State rises five rungs this week to 14th while Missouri Valley rival Creighton returns to the rankings after a week out of the Top 25.

Duke (25-4) is in the No. 3 spot, with Kansas (24-5) in fourth Michigan State (24-5) at fifth and North Carolina (25-4) at No. 6. Michigan State's schedule includes Indiana and Ohio State this week and Duke plays at North Carolina Saturday.

Marquette (24-5) is voted in at No. 7 ahead of Missouri (25-4) and Murray State (28-1). Baylor (24-5) comes in at 10th.

Ohio State (23-6) slips to 11th and Georgetown (21-6) is down four to No. 12 ahead of a week in which it plays ranked foes Notre Dame and Marquette. Florida (22-7) is only two poll points ahead of No. 14 Wichita State (26-4) with Wisconsin (21-8) next.

Michigan (21-8) is down three to 16th and Nevada-Las Vegas (24-6) is up three to No. 17. The 18th place belongs to Louisville (22-7) while Notre Dame (20-9) is 19th and Indiana (22-7) takes the 20th place.

St. Mary's (Calif.) (25-5) goes from 23rd to 21st this week and Florida State (19-9) settles in at 22nd. San Diego State (22-6) is 23rd with Creighton (25-5) returning at No. 24 and Temple (22-6) in at 25th.

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