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Florida, Wichita State stay 1-2 in AP poll; Syracuse drops to 11

By The Associated Press

Florida, which finished an unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference, and Wichita State, which completed an undefeated regular season, are the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll for the third straight week. Syracuse, which was ranked No. 7 last week, fell to No. 11.

The Gators (29-2), who received 50 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday, open play in the SEC tournament Friday.

The Shockers (34-0) got the other 15 No. 1 votes. They won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Sunday, the first team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss since UNLV in 1991.

Villanova moved from sixth to third, while Arizona dropped one spot to fourth. Louisville jumped from 11th to fifth, followed by Virginia and Duke. San Diego State and Michigan tied for eighth and Kansas was 10th.

Kentucky, which has lost three of four, dropped out from 25th, the fourth preseason No. 1 to fall out of the poll in the same season.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

   
Record                                 Pts     Prv
    1. Florida (50)    29-2    1,610    1
    2. Wichita St. (15)    34-0    1,574    2
    3. Villanova    28-3    1,454    6
    4. Arizona    28-3    1,435    3
    5. Louisville    26-5    1,237    11
    6. Virginia    25-6    1,186    5
    7. Duke    24-7    1,185    4
    8. Michigan    23-7    1,143    12
    8. San Diego St.    27-3    1,143    10
    10. Kansas    23-8    1,087    8
    11. Syracuse    27-4    1,055    7
    12. Wisconsin    25-6    973    9
    13. Cincinnati    26-5    922    15
    14. Creighton    24-6    752    13
    15. North Carolina    23-8    709    14
    16. Iowa St.    23-7    572    16
    17. Oklahoma    23-8    472    23
    18. Saint Louis    26-5    433    17
    19. Memphis    23-8    367    20
    20. New Mexico    24-6    344    21
    21. UConn    24-7    330    19
    22. Michigan St.    23-8    318    22
    23. VCU    24-7    205    -
    24. Ohio St.    23-8    165    -
    25. SMU    23-8    152    18   
Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 82, Stephen F. Austin 56, Oregon 39, Texas 31, Harvard 27, Kentucky 19, Baylor 18, UCLA 14, Nebraska 8, Iowa 4, Tennessee 2, George Washington 1, NC Central 1
   

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