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Duke has regained the top spot as the favorite men's college basketball team, one year after being tied with archrival North Carolina, according to data from Harris Poll. Duke has been the favorite among college basketball fans seven times since '03, and has finished at No. 2 twice. North Carolina, which is No. 2 this year, has been on top three times during that timeframe. Ohio State, Kentucky and Syracuse round out the top five this year. Dropping off the men's top 10 list this year were UConn, Maryland, UCLA and Purdue. Among women's teams, UConn is the favorite for the third year in a row. Tennessee held the top spot from '04-08, and has ranked second over the last three years. Dropping off the women's top 10 list this year were Texas, Maryland, UCLA, Purdue, Nebraska and Ohio State. Listed below are the top 10 men's and women's college basketball programs for '11, with comparisons to how those teams ranked in previous years. This year's poll surveyed 2,379 adults online between March 7-14, of which 557 said they followed college basketball (Harris Poll).FAVORITE MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAMS
SCHOOL'11'10'09'08'07'06'05'04'03 Duke11t2121111 North Carolina21t121232t7 Ohio State36t4*34*** Kentucky46t79t4*42t5 Syracuse5***1067t** Wisconsin610*9t***** Illinois7*6**32*3 Pittsburgh8******** Texas94t5*679** Iowa10**5*****FAVORITE WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAMS SCHOOL'11'10'09'08'07'06'05'04'03 Connecticut111222221 Tennessee222111112 Wisconsin36*89**** Baylor4***7t**** North Carolina5*3737t106* Duke6*74t7t3334 Iowa7t**3****7t Kentucky7t*1010***5* Stanford7t**4t**44* Michigan State1010*******
NOTE: * = Not in the top 10.