Florida back atop men's basketball poll
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Florida is back on top of the Associated Press college basketball poll, marking the third change at the top in as many weeks.
UCLA lost the top spot two weeks ago after a loss to Oregon ended its six-week reign and North Carolina occupied the No. 1 spot for a week before losing at Virginia Tech. The Hokies, who won at Duke two Saturdays ago and notched a 94-88 win over the Tar Heels this past Saturday, entered the poll at No. 23.
Florida (16-2), which moved up one spot, received 43 first-place votes and a total of 1,761 points from a nationwide media panel. The defending national champion Gators previously held the top spot for two weeks earlier this season.
Wisconsin (17-1) earned 21 first-place votes and 1,722 points to move up one spot to second -- the highest ranking in school history.
UCLA (15-1) garnered seven No. 1 tallies and 1,666 points to jump one spot to third, while North Carolina still picked up one first-place vote but fell three spots to fourth.
Kansas, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Oregon and Alabama completed the top 10. Oregon had the biggest jump within the poll, vaulting six spots from 15th after victories at Arizona State and Arizona.
Arizona's 79-77 setback to the Ducks on Sunday dropped the Wildcats one spot to 11th.
The remainder of the second 10 consisted of Oklahoma State, Air Force, Duke, Nevada, LSU, Memphis, Butler, Clemson and Notre Dame. Clemson became the last Division I team to lose when it dropped a 92-87 decision on Saturday at Maryland.
Texas, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Marquette and Kentucky were the last five teams ranked. Marquette and Kentucky both rejoined the rankings after stays in the poll earlier this year.
Washington State, Connecticut and West Virginia each dropped out of the poll. Washington State fell from No. 22 after losing in overtime to Stanford, while Connecticut had lost three of four before a victory Saturday against St. John's. West Virginia lost to Notre Dame and Marquette last week.
This week's matchups of ranked teams includes a Big 12 battle Tuesday between Texas and Oklahoma State in Stillwater and Wednesday's ACC showdown featuring North Carolina and Clemson. On Saturday, Arizona visits UCLA and Texas A&M hosts Oklahoma State, while a Big East battle Sunday pits Marquette at Pittsburgh.