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

02/03/2014 12:29 PM

02/03/2014 1:51 PM

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) 21-0 1,625 2
2. Arizona 21-1 1,517 1
3. Florida 19-2 1,482 3
4. Wichita State 23-0 1,447 4
5. San Diego State 19-1 1,370 5
6. Villanova 19-2 1,252 9
7. Cincinnati 21-2 1,182 13
8. Kansas 16-5 1,141 6
9. Michigan State 19-3 1,136 7
10. Michigan 16-5 949 10
11. Duke 17-5 940 17
12. Creighton 18-3 790 20
13. Saint Louis 20-2 728 19
14. Louisville 18-4 723 12
15. Texas 17-4 719 25
16. Iowa State 16-4 717 16
17. Iowa 17-5 669 15
18. Kentucky 16-5 653 11
19. Oklahoma State 16-5 420 8
20. Virginia 17-5 364
21. Oklahoma 17-5 361 23
22. Connecticut 17-4 252
23. Gonzaga 20-3 237
24. Memphis 16-5 114 22
25. Pittsburgh 18-4 110 18

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) 21-0 800 2
2. Wichita State 23-0 745 3
3. Arizona 21-1 725 1
4. Florida 19-2 720 4
5. San Diego State 19-1 680 5
6. Villanova 19-2 596 9
7. Cincinnati 21-2 570 15
8. Michigan State 19-3 546 6
9. Kansas 16-5 498 7
10. Louisville 18-4 474 7
11. Duke 17-5 409 16
12. Creighton 18-3 404 20
13. Iowa 17-5 377 12
14. Kentucky 16-5 372 11
15. Saint Louis 20-2 362 21
16. Michigan 16-5 328 14
17. Iowa State 16-4 290 18
18. Texas 17-4 287
19. Oklahoma State 16-5 227 10
20. Gonzaga 20-3 214 24
21. Virginia 17-5 197
22. Pittsburgh 18-4 99 17
23. Oklahoma 17-5 94 25
24. Wisconsin 17-5 72 13
25. Ohio State 17-5 67 23

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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