86
      Monday
      90 / 68
      Tuesday
      83 / 65
      Wednesday
      86 / 61

      Syracuse drops to #4 in AP poll, 5th in coaches poll after two losses last week


      Syracuseâ??s reign at the top of the college basketball world has ended.


      After a three-week stint atop the Associated Press menâ??s basketball poll, the Orange fell to #4 this week after losses to Boston College on Wednesday and Duke on Saturday. The losses were SUâ??s first two of the season after starting out 25-0, and at 12-2 in the ACC they now find themselves a game and a half behind #12 Virginia (23-5, 14-1 ACC) with four games remaining in the regular season.


      In fact, the Orange donâ??t get much time to dwell on their back-to-back defeats as they are in College Park, Maryland to take on the Terrapins as part of ESPNâ??s â??Big Mondayâ?? doubleheader. The Orange and the Terps are scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m. tonight on ESPN.


      SU dropped to 5th in the USA Today coaches poll, behind Florida, Wichita State, Arizona, and Louisville. Duke is 7th.


      The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:



      Record â?? Points â?? Previous Rank


      1. Florida (47) 25-2 1,606 2

      2. Wichita St. (14) 29-0 1,549 3

      3. Arizona (4) 25-2 1,494 4

      4. Syracuse 25-2 1,410 1

      5. Kansas 21-6 1,310 8

      6. Duke 22-6 1,286 5

      7. Louisville 23-4 1,152 11

      8. Villanova 24-3 1,113 9

      9. Creighton 23-4 1,103 11

      10. Saint Louis 25-2 1,047 10

      11. Cincinnati 24-4 921 7

      12. Virginia 23-5 909 14

      13. San Diego St. 23-3 886 6

      14. Wisconsin 22-5 818 16

      15. Iowa St. 21-5 709 17

      16. Michigan 19-7 653 20

      17. Kentucky 21-6 629 18

      18. Michigan St. 22-6 552 13

      19. North Carolina 20-7 440 -

      20. Iowa 19-7 418 15

      21. Memphis 21-6 288 22

      22. Ohio St. 22-6 253 24

      23. SMU 22-6 155 -

      24. Texas 20-7 129 19

      25. New Mexico 21-5 113 -


      Others receiving votes: UConn 81, UCLA 41, Oklahoma 35, Stephen F. Austin 11, UMass 9, Gonzaga 2, Green Bay 2, NC Central 1.


      (Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)

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