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 Associated Press college basketball poll for the third straight week.
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.AP top 25
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:
|Team (first-place votes)||Record||Pts||Prv|
|1. Florida (50)||29-2||1,610||1|
|2. Wichita State (15)||34-0||1,574||2|
|8. San Diego State||27-3||1,143||10|
|15. North Carolina||23-8||709||14|
|16. Iowa State||23-7||572||16|
|18. Saint Louis||26-5||433||17|
|20. New Mexico||24-6||344||21|
|22. Michigan State||23-8||318||22|
|24. Ohio State||23-8||165||—|
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, N.C. Central 1