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Wichita State No. 2, Kansas No. 5 in latest AP basketball poll

Updated: 2014-02-24T17:46:57Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

The state of Kansas made a power move in the latest Associated Press top 25 rankings.

Kansas jumped three spots to No. 5 after two victories, while unbeaten Wichita State took over No. 2 in the poll after improving to 29-0.

That was just part of a major shakeup in the top 10 on Monday after former No. 1 Syracuse lost twice last week, including a thriller to Duke on Saturday. Florida moved up to No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time since 2006-07, the season the Gators won their second straight NCAA title.

Arizona moved up one spot to No. 3, while Syracuse fell to No. 4. Kansas was followed by Duke, Louisville, Villanova, Creighton and Saint Louis. For the Jayhawks, it was their highest ranking since rising to No. 2 on Nov. 25 after a 4-0 start.

No. 15 Iowa State and No. 24 Texas were the only other two Big 12 teams in the rankings. Oklahoma also received votes. No. 17 Kentucky joined Florida as the only other Southeastern Conference team in the poll.

AP Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

RecordPtsPrv
1. Florida (47)25-21,6062
2. Wichita State (14)29-01,5493
3. Arizona (4)25-21,4944
4. Syracuse25-21,4101
5. Kansas21-61,3108
6. Duke22-61,2865
7. Louisville23-41,15211
8. Villanova24-31,1139
9. Creighton23-41,10311
10. Saint Louis25-21,04710
11. Cincinnati24-49217
12. Virginia23-590914
13. San Diego State23-38866
14. Wisconsin22-581816
15. Iowa State21-570917
16. Michigan19-765320
17. Kentucky21-662918
18. Michigan State22-655213
19. North Carolina20-7440
20. Iowa19-741815
21. Memphis21-628822
22. Ohio State22-625324
23. SMU22-6155
24. Texas20-712919
25. New Mexico21-5113

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 81, UCLA 41, Oklahoma 35, Stephen F. Austin 11, Massachusetts 9, Gonzaga 2, Green Bay 2, N.C. Central 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. 23, 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)RecordPtsPvs
1. Florida (24)25-27912
2. Wichita State (8)29-07713
3. Arizona25-27274
4. Louisville23-46605
5. Syracuse25-26251
6. Kansas21-66198
7. Duke22-65946
8. Saint Louis25-256310
9. Villanova24-353811
10. Creighton23-451412
11. Virginia23-548013
12. Cincinnati24-44609
13. San Diego State23-34527
14. Wisconsin22-535818
15. Kentucky21-634316
16. Michigan19-731520
17. Iowa State21-529119
18. Michigan State22-627514
19. Iowa19-722915
20. Ohio State22-616623
21. North Carolina20-7153
22. Memphis21-612424
23. Texas20-710217
24. SMU22-657
25. Oklahoma20-752

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 47, New Mexico 45, UCLA 15, Kansas State 9, Massachusetts 9, Stephen F. Austin 5, Pittsburgh 4, Gonzaga 3, Baylor 1, Middle Tennessee 1, Nebraska 1, Green Bay 1.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/rustindodd.

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