73
      Sunday
      76 / 65
      Monday
      78 / 63
      Tuesday
      82 / 60

      Syracuse falls to 17th in latest AP poll, 16th in coaches'


      The free-fall continues for the Syracuse Orange.


      Mired in the midst of a three-game losing streak, all to ranked opponents, the Orange now find themselves ranked 17th in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll.


      The Orange were handed a loss on Saturday to once and future conference foe Louisville, 58-53. That followed a 74-71 loss last Monday to Marquette and a 57-46 loss the previous Saturday to hated rival Georgetown.


      The Orange currently stand fifth in the Big East, trailing Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette and Pittsburgh â?? all teams SU has lost to this season. The top four teams earn a double-bye in next week's conference tournament. SU hosts DePaul on Wednesday in the last home game of the season and the final appearance at the Carrier Dome for seniors Brandon Triche and James Southerland.


      The Orange are ranked one notch higher at 16 in the USA Today coaches poll. They peaked as high as third earlier this season.


      In other poll news, Gonzaga, the small Northwest school known for big NCAA tournament wins, is No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time.


      Riding the best record in Division I at 29-2, the Bulldogs took advantage of Indiana's loss to Minnesota last week. The Bulldogs switched places with the Hoosiers, advancing from No. 2 to move comfortably into the No. 1 spot Monday.


      Gonzaga is the fifth school to hold the top spot this season. Indiana was the preseason No. 1 and on top for nine other weeks. Duke, Louisville and Michigan were the other No. 1s.


      Duke stayed at No. 3 with five first-place votes. Kansas and Georgetown both jumped two spots to fourth and fifth. The Hoyas received the other two first-place votes.


      The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:


      1. Gonzaga (51) 29-2 1,607 2

      2. Indiana (7) 25-4 1,517 1

      3. Duke (5) 25-4 1,471 3

      4. Kansas 25-4 1,433 6

      5. Georgetown (2) 23-4 1,384 7

      6. Miami 23-5 1,245 5

      7. Michigan 24-5 1,240 4

      8. Louisville 24-5 1,217 10

      9. Kansas St. 24-5 1,040 13

      10. Michigan St. 22-7 1,006 9

      11. Florida 23-5 993 8

      12. New Mexico 25-4 950 14

      13. Oklahoma St. 22-6 833 15

      14. Ohio St. 21-7 763 16

      15. Marquette 21-7 687 22

      16. Saint Louis 23-5 675 18
      17. Syracuse 22-7 589 12

      18. Arizona 23-6 394 11

      19. Oregon 23-6 332 24

      20. Pittsburgh 23-7 326 23

      21. VCU 23-6 277 -

      22. Wisconsin 20-9 217 17

      23. UCLA 22-7 196 -

      24. Notre Dame 22-7 164 21

      25. Memphis 25-4 149 19


      Others receiving votes: North Carolina 109, Louisiana Tech 103, Saint Mary's (Cal) 47, UNLV 43, California 33, Butler 26, Illinois 25, Minnesota 10, Creighton 7, Middle Tennessee 5, Akron 4, Missouri 4, Belmont 3, Colorado St. 1.


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

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