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Florida ascends to top spot in men's hoops poll

<p>Florida has ascended to the top spot in the men's college basketball rankings, ending Syracuse's three-week reign at the top of the Associated Press poll.</p>

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Florida has ascended to the top spot in the men's college basketball rankings, ending Syracuse's three-week reign at the top of the Associated Press poll.

The Orange lost twice last week after starting the season 25-0, falling at home in overtime against a weak Boston College team before a controversial finish at Duke on Saturday.

Florida, riding a 19-game winning streak, received 47 first-place votes and a total of 1,606 points from a nationwide media panel to move up from second, earning the No. 1 ranking for the first time since repeating as national champions in 2007.

Wichita State, the only unbeaten team in Division I men's basketball, earned 14 first-place votes to move up to second, while Arizona picked up four top tallies and rose one place to third.

Syracuse, the first No. 1 team to lose twice in the same week since Texas in 2010, dropped to fourth and is followed by Kansas, Duke, Louisville, Villanova, Creighton and Saint Louis.

The second 10 consists of Cincinnati, Virginia, San Diego State, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Michigan, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Iowa. San Diego State had the biggest fall this week, dropping seven spots from sixth after a loss to New Mexico on Saturday.

Memphis, Ohio State, SMU, Texas and New Mexico are the last five teams ranked this week.

North Carolina, SMU and New Mexico are the newcomers, although each had been ranked earlier this season

The Tar Heels began the season ranked 12th and had been unranked since early January, but have won nine straight to vault back into the poll. SMU was ranked two weeks ago, earning a spot in the poll for the first time since the 1984-85 season, but fell out last week after a loss to Temple. New Mexico, tied for first in the Mountain West Conference with San Diego State, began the season ranked 23rd and reached 19th before falling out of the rankings in late November.

Connecticut, UCLA and Gonzaga dropped out. Gonzaga was 25th and lost twice last week.

This week's two ranked matchups won't take place until Saturday as Louisville visits Memphis and Virginia hosts Syracuse.

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