Wichita State remains No. 4 in AP poll

Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early, center, reacts on the bench with teammates Chadrack Lufile, left, and Tekele Cotton, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Drake, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. Early scored 19 points as Wichita State won 78-61. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early, center, reacts on the bench with teammates Chadrack Lufile, left, and Tekele Cotton, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Drake, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. Early scored 19 points as Wichita State won 78-61. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Syracuse, off to the best start in school history, is the first unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll since Duke was for six weeks in 2010-11.

The Orange (21-0) are on top of the poll for the first time since a six-week run in 2011-12. They received all the first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Arizona (21-1) and Syracuse, which had been 1-2 for the last eight weeks, switched places after the Wildcats lost at California on Saturday. The Orange remained unbeaten with a 91-89 overtime win over Duke on Saturday.

Florida, Wichita State, the only other unbeaten in Division I, and San Diego State remained third through fifth and were followed by Villanova, Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan State and Michigan.

No. 20 Virginia, No. 22 Connecticut and No. 23 Gonzaga returned to the rankings. They replaced Ohio State and Wisconsin, which both reached as high as No. 3 this season, and Massachusetts.

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, Ohio St. 45, VCU 44, SMU 15, New Mexico 12, California 9, UCLA 9, Harvard 4, George Washington 3, LSU 3, Tennessee 2, American U. 1, Southern Miss. 1.

Record Pts Prv

1. Syracuse (65) 21-0 1,625 2
2. Arizona 21-1 1,517 1
3. Florida 19-2 1,482 3
4. Wichita St. 23-0 1,447 4
5. San Diego St. 19-1 1,370 5
6. Villanova 19-2 1,252 9
7. Cincinnati 21-2 1,182 13
8. Kansas 16-5 1,141 6
9. Michigan St. 19-3 1,136 7
10. Michigan 16-5 949 10
11. Duke 17-5 940 17
12. Creighton 18-3 790 20
13. Saint Louis 20-2 728 19
14. Louisville 18-4 723 12
15. Texas 17-4 719 25
16. Iowa St. 16-4 717 16
17. Iowa 17-5 669 15
18. Kentucky 16-5 653 11
19. Oklahoma St. 16-5 420 8
20. Virginia 17-5 364 —
21. Oklahoma 17-5 361 23
22. UConn 17-4 252 —
23. Gonzaga 20-3 237 —
24. Memphis 16-5 114 22
25. Pittsburgh 18-4 110 18

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, Ohio St. 45, VCU 44, SMU 15, New Mexico 12, California 9, UCLA 9, Harvard 4, George Washington 3, LSU 3, Tennessee 2, American U. 1, Southern Miss. 1.

 

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