Even a win couldnâ??t stop Syracuse from tumbling further down this week's polls.
After righting the ship with a 74-58 victory over the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday, the stumbling Syracuse Orange still fell four spots in this weekâ??s Associated Press college basketball poll. The 27-4 Orange are now 11th in the nation, largely due to their 67-62 home loss to Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
The Orange are also 11th in the USA Today coaches poll this week.
SU looked good in its win over the Seminoles, bolstered by the return of Jerami Grant to the lineup after he missed the loss to the Yellow Jackets with a muscle strain in his back. Grant scored 16 points and added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes in the win Sunday, and seemed to his normal self again.
The Orange now get a few days off before they travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for their first ACC Tournament later this week. SU is the #2 seed and will receive a double-bye, meaning they do not play until 7:00 p.m. Friday versus either North Carolina State, Miami, or Virginia Tech. The game Friday night will be televised live on WSTM-NBC3 in the Syracuse area.
Florida, which finished an unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference, and Wichita State, which completed an undefeated regular season, are the top two teams in the AP poll for the third straight week.
The Gators (29-2), who received 50 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday, open play in the SEC tournament Friday.
The Shockers (34-0) got the other 15 No. 1 votes. They won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Sunday, the first team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss since UNLV in 1991.
Villanova moved from sixth to third, while Arizona dropped one spot to fourth. Louisville jumped from 11th to fifth, followed by Virginia and Duke. San Diego State and Michigan tied for eighth and Kansas was 10th.
Kentucky, which has lost three of four, dropped out from 25th, the fourth preseason No. 1 to fall out of the poll in the same season.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report).