Florida takes over No. 1 spot in coaches’ basketball poll

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

McLean, VA, United States (4E Sports) – By virtue of its 19-game winning streak, Florida replaced Syracuse as the nation’s No. 1 team in the USA Today coaches’ basketball poll.

The Billy Donovan-coached Gators (25-2) became the fifth team this season to be ranked No. 1 after garnering 24 of the 32 first-place votes with the other eight going to No. 2 Wichita State, the last unbeaten team this season at 29-0.

Arizona (25-2) moved up to third, Louisville (23-4) came in fourth while Syracuse (25-2) dropped to fifth after losing to Boston College and Duke.

Syracuse was one of three ranked teams to go 0-2 last week. Texas, which lost to ranked teams Iowa State and Kansas, dropped six places to 23rd while Gonzaga dropped from the Top 25. Connecticut and UCLA also fell from the rankings.

North Carolina was voted 21st, returning to the poll for the first time since Jan. 6. Southern Methodist, at 24th, is ranked for the first time this season and Oklahoma is No. 25 after a week out of the rankings.

Kansas (21-6) moved to No. 6 this week while Duke (22-6) went down one place to seventh. St. Louis (25-2) went from 10th to eighth with Villanova (24-3) at ninth and Creighton (23-4) in 10th.

Virginia (23-5) takes over the No. 11 spot but Cincinnati (24-4) goes from ninth to 12th. San Diego State (23-3) matches Texas for the biggest drop of the week, coming in at 13th, while Wisconsin (22-5) goes from 18th to 14th and Kentucky (21-6) inches up one place to No. 15.

Michigan (19-7) is up four to 16th while Iowa State (21-5) is No. 17. Michigan State (22-6) and Iowa (197) both fall four places to Nos. 18 and 19, respectively. Ohio State (22-6) is 20th.

North Carolina (20-7) is 21st followed by, in order, Memphis (21-6), Texas (20-7), Southern Methodist (22-6) and Oklahoma (20-7).

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