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Monday February 24, 2014Gators Rise to No. 1 in Polls

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The Florida men’s basketball team has been granted the nation’s top spot by the Associated Press poll and the USA Today Coaches’ poll this week.

For the first time since 2007, the Gators have ascended to No. 1 in the polls, the first time the honor has been this late in the season. The last time UF was ranked first during the season was the week of Feb. 12, 2007.

Overall, Florida owns a 15-5 record when ranked as the nation’s top team, as this year marks the fourth different season in which UF has attained the top spot. In 2006-07, the Gators spent eight weeks as the number one squad, going an impressive 14-2. In 2002-03 and 2003-04, UF reached No. 1 one week each season, going 1-1 and 0-2, respectively.

Defeating Ole Miss on the road on Saturday, the Orange and Blue are off to their best start in program history with a 25-2 record, surpassing UF’s previous best start of 24-2 in 2007. The Gators are on a program-record 19-game winning streak and also improved to 14-0 in conference play with the win.

Florida will take on Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in their first meeting of the year and then return home on Mar. 1 to battle LSU. Fans can click here to view ticket options and purchase available tickets.

Associated Press Poll Top 25

Rank

Team

Record

Points

1

FLORIDA (47)

25-2

1,606

2

Wichita State (14)

29-0

1,549

3

Arizona (4)

25-2

1,494

4

Syracuse

25-2

1,410

5

Kansas

21-6

1,310

6

Duke

22-6

1,286

7

Louisville

23-4

1,152

8

Villanova

24-3

1,113

9

Creighton

23-4

1,103

10

Saint Louis

25-2

1,047

11

Cincinnati

24-4

921

12

Virginia

23-5

909

13

San Diego State

23-3

886

14

Wisconsin

22-5

818

15

Iowa State

21-5

709

16

Michigan

19-7

653

17

Kentucky

21-6

629

18

Michigan State

22-6

552

19

North Carolina

20-7

440

20

Iowa

19-7

418

21

Memphis

21-6

288

22

Ohio State

22-6

253

23

Southern Methodist

22-6

155

24

Texas

20-7

129

25

New Mexico

21-5

113

 

USA Today Coaches’ Poll

Rank

Team

Record

Points

1

FLORIDA (24)

25-2

791

2

Wichita State (8)

29-0

771

3

Arizona

25-2

727

4

Louisville

23-4

660

5

Syracuse

25-2

625

6

Kansas

21-6

619

7

Duke

22-6

594

8

Saint Louis

25-2

563

9

Villanova

24-3

538

10

Creighton

23-4

514

11

Virginia

23-5

480

12

Cincinnati

24-4

460

13

San Diego State

23-3

452

14

Wisconsin

22-5

358

15

Kentucky

21-6

343

16

Michigan

19-7

315

17

Iowa State

21-5

291

18

Michigan State

22-6

275

19

Iowa

19-7

229

20

Ohio State

22-6

166

21

North Carolina

20-7

153

22

Memphis

21-6

124

23

Texas

20-7

102

24

Southern Methodist

22-6

57

25

Oklahoma

20-7

52

 

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