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Florida stays No. 1 in AP poll; Duke slides up to No. 4

Posted March 3

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon during the Blue Devils' game versus Syracuse on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Durham, NC.  Duke defeated the Orange 66-60.  (Photo by Jack Morton)

Florida, Wichita State and Arizona are the top three teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the second straight week with Duke sliding up to the No. 4 spot.

The Gators (27-2), who are on a school-record 21-game winning streak, were a solid No. 1 Monday, receiving 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Wichita State (31-0), the first team since Saint Joseph's in 2004 to enter its conference tournament undefeated, was No. 1 on 14 ballots, while Arizona (27-2), which was ranked No. 1 for eight weeks earlier this season, got the other five first-place votes.

Duke (23-6) moved up two spots to fourth while Virginia, which won its first outright Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1981, jumped from 12th to fifth, the Cavaliers' first Top Ten appearance since 2002.

North Carolina (22-7), winners of 11 in a row, moved up five spots to No. 14 while Syracuse (26-3) fell three spots to No. 7 after losing to Virginia.

Villanova (26-3) was slotted sixth. Kansas, Wisconsin and San Diego State followed Syracuse to round out the top 10.

North Carolina Central (23-5) has won 14 in a row and received a single vote for the second consecutive week.

Connecticut and Oklahoma returned to the Top 25 this week replacing Ohio State and Texas.

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  • Honesty first Mar 3, 9:05 p.m.

    UNC has now won 12 in a row.

  • coachjim44 Mar 3, 8:52 p.m.

    How do you slide up.

  • Ram Tuuf Mar 3, 7:00 p.m.

    The experts know that if Swoff hadn't ordered the hosing of Duke in the syracuse and unc games... View More

    — Posted by modukev5saysbyebye

    Seems Swoff hosed cuse at duke, so your theory sux

  • modukev5saysbyebye Mar 3, 6:52 p.m.

    The experts know that if Swoff hadn't ordered the hosing of Duke in the syracuse and unc games they would be undefeated since the clemson embarrassment. And they have spoken loud and clear.
    If swoff hadn't hosed Duke and State, carolina would be looking at an nit bid right now.
    #Noaccrefsforuncinthencaatourney

  • Ram Tuuf Mar 3, 6:37 p.m.

    If duke is really 4th best in the country, consider this a major down year for College Basketball.

  • Stuck in the snow Mar 3, 1:37 p.m.

    It won't matter what Dook is ranked come Saturday. Go Heels!!

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