College basketball rankings: Syracuse retains top spot after a week of beating buzzers

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse retained its top spot in the Associated Press top 25, and you are not surprised. You likely already know that the Orange topped Pitt on Wednesday with a Tyler Ennis buzzer-beating 35-footer, and then they topped North Carolina State on Saturday when this happened with about seven seconds left to play.

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Arizona lost for the second time this season and it dropped accordingly, to fourth in both the AP and coaches' polls. Florida jumped the Wildcats in the rankings with its big week, winning perhaps the two toughest road games in the SEC: at Tennessee on Tuesday and at Kentucky on Saturday. It was just the third time in 84 home games John Calipari has lost at Rupp Arena as the Wildcats' coach.

Going back a few moments -- a few paragraphs, as it were -- to Pitt: the Panthers have spent all season earning the good graces of the pollsters, and a pair of losses this week have them right back out of the polls. Pitt was No. 25 in the AP's poll last week and No. 23 according to the coaches; following Ennis' winner on Wednesday and a 75-71 loss to North Carolina on Saturday, the Panthers are right back outside both rankings.

Here's the AP top 25:

Rank Team Record Last week
1 Syracuse Orange (64 first-place votes) 25-0 1
2 Florida Gators (1 first-place vote) 23-2 3
3 Wichita State Shockers 27-0 4
4 Arizona Wildcats 23-2 2
5 Duke Blue Devils 20-5 8
6 San Diego State Aztecs 22-2 5
7 Cincinnati Bearcats 23-3 10
8 Kansas Jayhawks 19-6 7
9 Villanova Wildcats 22-3 6
10 Saint Louis Billikens 23-2 12
11 Louisville Cardinals 21-4 13
12 Creighton Bluejays 21-4 18
13 Michigan State Spartans 21-5 9
14 Virginia Cavaliers 21-5 17
15 Iowa Hawkeyes 19-6 16
16 Wisconsin Badgers 21-5 21
17 Iowa State Cyclones 19-5 11
18 Kentucky Wildcats 19-6 14
19 Texas Longhorns 20-5 19
20 Michigan Wolverines 18-7 15
21 Connecticut Huskies 20-5 24
22 Memphis Tigers 19-6 20
23 UCLA Bruins 20-5 NR
24 Ohio State Buckeyes 20-6 22
25 Gonzaga Bulldogs 23-4 NR

And here's the coaches' poll. Wichita State was already No. 2 in last week's poll, so Arizona's fall was one spot less harsh.

Rank Team Record Last week
1 Syracuse Orange (32 first-place votes) 25-0 1
2 Florida Gators 23-2 4
3 Wichita State Shockers 27-0 2
4 Arizona Wildcats 23-2 3
5 Louisville Cardinals 21-4 8
6 Duke Blue Devils 20-5 9
7 San Diego State Aztecs 22-2 5
8 Kansas Jayhawks 19-6 7
9 Cincinnati Bearcats 23-3 11
10 Saint Louis Billikens 23-2 12
11 Villanova Wildcats 22-3 6
12 Creighton Bluejays 21-4 17
13 Virginia Cavaliers 21-5 16
14 Michigan State Spartans 21-5 10
15 Iowa Hawkeyes 19-6 15
16 Kentucky Wildcats 19-6 13
17 Texas Longhorns 20-5 19
18 Wisconsin Badgers 21-5 21
19 Iowa State Cyclones 19-5 14
20 Michigan Wolverines 18-7 18
21 Connecticut Huskies 20-5 NR
22 Gonzaga Bulldogs 23-4 24
23 Ohio State Buckeyes 20-6 20
24 Memphis Tigers 19-6 22
25 UCLA Bruins 20-5 NR

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