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Shockers up to No. 2, Jayhawks now No. 5

andy lambertFebruary 24, 2014

 

Wichita State will head into the final week of their regular season as the No. 2 team in the country.

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The Shockers (29-0) will attempt to be the first team this season to reach 30 wins Tuesday night when they face Bradley (12-17) on the road. WSU will finish their regular season at home Mar. 1 against Missouri State (18-10), the first team Wichita State will have faced with a record above .500 since they won Feb. 5 at Indiana State.

 

Kansas (21-6) returns to No. 5, where the Jayhawks were ranked at the start of the season, after winning 64-63 at Texas Tech (13-14) and dominating now-No. 24 Texas (20-7) at home 85-54.

 

Florida (25-2) moves up to No. 1 after now fourth-ranked Syracuse (25-2) lost at home to Boston College (7-20) and on the road at Duke (22-6). It’s the first time Billy Donovan’s Gators have been ranked No. 1 since they won the national title in 2007.

 

Wichita State received 14 AP votes for the nation’s top team, and received eight votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Arizona (25-2), who is ranked third, received four No. 1 votes in the AP poll.

 

COMPLETE AP TOP 25 POLL:

 

1. Florida (25-2)

2. Wichita State (29-0)

3. Arizona (25-2)

4. Syracuse (25-2)

5. Kansas (21-6)

6. Duke (22-6)

7. Louisville (23-4)

8. Villanova (24-3)

9. Creighton (23-4)

10. Saint Louis (25-2)

11. Cincinnati (24-4)

12. Virginia (23-5)

13. San Diego State (23-3)

14. Wisconsin (22-5)

15. Iowa State (21-5)

16. Michigan (19-7)

17. Kentucky (21-6)

18. Michigan State (22-6)

19. North Carolina (20-7)

20. Iowa (19-7)

21. Memphis (21-6)

22. Ohio State (22-6)

23. Southern Methodist (22-6)

24. Texas (20-7)

25. New Mexico (21-5)

 

Unranked Kansas State (18-9) received 9 votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

 

The Big 12 regular season goes a week longer than the Missouri Valley Conference. Kansas has four remaining regular season contests: Feb. 24 versus Oklahoma, Mar. 1 at Oklahoma State, Mar. 5 versus Texas Tech, and Mar. 8 at West Virginia.

 

–This story was written and compiled by Beau Tiongson. Additional sources hyperlinked in text.  

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