Gators Back Atop College Hoops Polls

By: AP
By: AP

Gainesville, FL---Florida is the new No. 1 in the AP college basketball poll, the Gators' first time on top of the rankings since they repeated as national champions in 2007.

The Gators (25-2) moved up one place Monday, replacing Syracuse (25-2), which lost twice last week and dropped to fourth.

Wichita State (29-0) and Arizona (25-2) both moved up one place to second and third.

Florida, the fifth school to hold the No. 1 spot this season, received 47 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Wichita State was No. 1 on 14 ballots and Arizona got the other four first-place votes.

Florida head coach Billy Donovan is already working to make his guys forget about the idea of being the top ranked team in the nation.

"For our guys, that means nothing. In reality, in terms of us preparing, us getting ready to play. And us doing what we need to do in playing against Vanderbilt. It's a very, very nice honor. It's kind of like individual awards, they're very very nice. But you're playing in this team sport, you're trying to win competitively. And although they're nice, I don't think our guys are playing for individual accolades or awards."

Kansas jumped three places to fifth and was followed by Duke, Louisville, Villanova, Creighton and Saint Louis.

Syracuse, which was No. 1 the past three weeks, lost to Boston College and Duke last week, the Orange's first losses of the season.

North Carolina, SMU and New Mexico all returned to the Top 25 this week replacing Connecticut, UCLA and Gonzaga.


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