College Basketball Scores, Rankings, & Schedule 2014: No. 1 Florida Sits Pretty As Season Comes To An End
The Associated Press released its week 17 NCAA Men's Basketball rankings Feb. 24, which placed the Florida Gators at No. 1, the school's first top ranking spot since their back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, according to ESP.
Florida coach Billy Donovan told ESPN.com, "Although, it's a nice honor and it's great, if you really want to break it down, what does it mean? It means that some teams in front of us lost. It means that we obviously were given that ranking ... to me, the ranking doesn't do anything for us, it doesn't give us anything."
The Gator's newest ranking along with Kentucky, who was ranked No. 1 the first two polls this season, marks the first time since the 2002-03 season that two SEC were ranked No. 1 in the same season.
The Gators' 25-2 record dropped the 25-2 Syracuse from the No. 1 slot to No. 4 while the Wichita State Shockers and Arizona Wildcats moved up to two and three, respectively.
Syracuse retained the top spot for three weeks in a row until the Orange's 66-60 loss at Duke dropped them down three spots.
As Florida becomes the fifth team this season to be ranked No. 1, the red, hot Gators who haven't lost a game since Dec. 2 against the Huskies are expected to remain in the top seat and hope to extend their 21-game win streak to 23 in their final two games against South Carolina and Kentucky later this week.
As the week 18 AP Poll will be released Monday, Arizona is hoping to climb up the rankings by adding another W to their season record against the Stanford Cardinals on Sunday. The 27-2 Wildcats will finish off their season against Oregon State on Wednesday and then Oregon on Saturday.
Wichita State currently has nowhere else to go as their season ended Saturday with a win over the Missouri State Bears, making the Shockers undefeated this season.
San Diego State, who held a top 10 spot between weeks 11 and 16, dropped to No. 13 last week but hopes to bounce back in the rankings after their two wins over the San Jose State Spartans and Fresno State Bulldogs earlier this week. The Aztecs will finish off their season against the UNLV Rebels on Wednesday and New Mexico Lobos on Saturday.