Florida remains No. 1, Villanova jumps to No. 3 in new AP Top 25

Monday March 10th, 2014

Florida coach Billy Donovan cuts the net after his team clinched an undefeated SEC season. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Florida coach Billy Donovan cuts the net after his team clinched an undefeated SEC season. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

For the third straight week, Florida maintains the top spot in the Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Gators (29-2) received 50 first-place votes, good enough to keep them ahead of No. 2 Wichita State (34-0), which received 15 first-place votes after winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and remaining undefeated for the season. This is the first time Florida has finished a regular season at No. 1.

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Villanova (28-3) moved up to No. 3 in the latest poll after victories at Xavier and Georgetown this past week. The Wildcats, ranked No. 6 in last week's poll, have only to one team in 2014 (Creighton twice). Meanwhile, Arizona dropped to No. 4 after Saturday's 64-57 loss to Oregon.

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Louisville was also among this week's big movers, jumping from No. 11 to No. 5 following resounding wins over ranked opponents SMU and Connecticut. The Cardinals are followed by Virginia and Duke, which fell three slots to No. 7 after it was upset by Wake Forest last week.

Michigan also jumped four spots to No. 8 to move into the top 10 for the first time since the Feb. 3 poll. The Wolverines and San Diego State share the No. 8 spot, while Kansas rounds out the top 10. Preseason No. 1 Kentucky fell out of the top 25.

This week's complete AP Top 25 is below.

1. Florida

2. Wichita State

3. Villanova

4. Arizona

5. Louisville

6. Virginia

7. Duke

8. San Diego State

8. Michigan

10. Kansas

11. Syracuse

12. Wisconsin

13. Cincinnati

14. Creighton

15. North Carolina

16. Iowa State

17. Oklahoma

18. Saint Louis

19. Memphis

20. New Mexico

21. Connecticut

22. Michigan State

23. VCU

24. Ohio State

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