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Duke unanimous No. 1 in coaches' poll

Mclean, Va. -- Duke is a unanimous No. 1 and Connecticut jumped from unranked to ninth in the USA Today/ESPN men's basketball poll released Monday.

Duke (6-0) drew all 31 first-place votes from the board of voting coaches. The Blue Devils previously had 29 first-place mentions and two seconds but a loss by Michigan State drew the other two votes to Duke.

That Michigan State defeat came at the hands of Connecticut (5-0), which also beat another Top 10 team in Kentucky and entered the rankings in the No. 9 spot.

Ohio State (5-0) moved from third to second and Pittsburgh (7-0) went from fifth to third. Arch-rivals Kansas (6-0) and Kansas State (5-1) are fourth and fifth, respectively.

Michigan State (5-1) is sixth ahead of No. 7 Syracuse (6-0), which is three up from last week, and eighth-ranked Missouri (5-0), up four. Connecticut (5-0) is ninth and Baylor, a fourth Big 12 team in the Top 10, is 10th.

Kentucky (4-1) dropped two places to 11th and Villanova (5-1) slipped five to 12th. Minnesota (6-0) improved to 13th, Georgetown (6-0) takes the 14th spot and Memphis (5-0) is unchanged from a week ago at 15th.
Florida (5-1) is 16th and Tennessee (5-0) moved up seven places to 17th, ahead of Purdue (5-1), which fell 10 places to 18th. San Diego State (6-0) is in 19th and the 20th place belongs to Texas (5-1).

Illinois (6-1) comes in at 21st with Washington (3-2) down 11 to No. 22, Nevada-Las Vegas (6-0) 23rd, Gonzaga (3-2) 24th and No. 25 Brigham Young (6-0) completing the Top 25.

In addition to Connecticut, UNLV and BYU are new to the rankings this week. Temple, Butler and North Carolina dropped out of the Top 25.

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