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Syracuse is new No. 1 in AP poll, Wichita fourth, KU eighth

Updated: 2014-02-03T19:51:11Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

Kansas didn’t suffer too much after its first Big 12 loss at Texas — at least in the view of poll voters.

The Jayhawks dropped two spots to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, released on Monday morning. The release of the poll came nearly two days after Kansas, 16-5 and 7-1 in the Big 12, lost 81-69 to Texas in Austin.

On the strength of the victory over KU, Texas was one of the week’s big movers, landing at No. 15 after being ranked 25th last week. Iowa State is at No. 16, while Oklahoma State fell to 19th after a home loss to Baylor. No. 21 Oklahoma is the fifth Big 12 team in the rankings.

Wichita State, one of two unbeatens in Division I at 23-0, remained at No. 4 in the Associated Press poll.

Syracuse, off to the best start in school history at 21-0, became the first unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll since Duke in 2010-11.

The Orange, 21-0, are No. 1 for the first time since a six-week run in 2011-12. They received all the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Arizona, 21-1, and Syracuse, which had been 1-2 for the last eight weeks, switched places after the Wildcats lost at California on Saturday. The Orange remained unbeaten with a 91-89 overtime win over Duke on Saturday.

AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 2, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Team (first-place votes) Record Pts Prv
1. Syracuse (65)21-01,6252
2. Arizona21-11,5171
3. Florida19-21,4823
4. Wichita State23-01,4474
5. San Diego State19-11,3705
6. Villanova19-21,2529
7. Cincinnati21-21,18213
8. Kansas16-51,1416
9. Michigan State19-31,1367
10. Michigan16-594910
11. Duke17-594017
12. Creighton18-379020
13. Saint Louis20-272819
14. Louisville18-472312
15. Texas17-471925
16. Iowa State16-471716
17. Iowa17-566915
18. Kentucky16-565311
19. Oklahoma State16-54208
20. Virginia17-5364
21. Oklahoma17-536123
22. Connecticut17-4252
23. Gonzaga20-3237
24. Memphis16-511422
25. Pittsburgh18-411018

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, Ohio State 45, VCU 44, SMU 15, New Mexico 12, California 9, UCLA 9, Harvard 4, George Washington 3, LSU 3, Tennessee 2, American 1, Southern Mississippi 1.

USA Today Top 25

The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 2, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Team (first-place votes) Record Pts Pvs
1. Syracuse (32)21-08002
2. Wichita State23-07453
3. Arizona21-17251
4. Florida19-27204
5. San Diego State19-16805
6. Villanova19-25969
7. Cincinnati21-257015
8. Michigan State19-35466
9. Kansas16-54987
10. Louisville18-44747
11. Duke17-540916
12. Creighton18-340420
13. Iowa17-537712
14. Kentucky16-537211
15. Saint Louis20-236221
16. Michigan16-532814
17. Iowa State16-429018
18. Texas17-4287
19. Oklahoma State16-522710
20. Gonzaga20-321424
21. Virginia17-5197
22. Pittsburgh18-49917
23. Oklahoma17-59425
24. Wisconsin17-57213
25. Ohio State17-56723

Others receiving votes: Memphis 58, Connecticut 47, VCU 26, Southern Miss. 25, Massachusetts 24, UCLA 20, New Mexico 16, SMU 10, Baylor 7, California 5, Harvard 4, George Washington 2, Saint Joseph’s 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Toledo 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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