College Basketball Rankings Week 14: Syracuse new No. 1, San Diego State stays No. 5

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Fisher gets 300th win as San Diego State head coach.

Conference play is unmerciful as evidenced by 15 of the AP Top 25 teams losing at least one game last week. And many others were on the ropes but managed to pull out victories. Only two unbeaten teams remain. Arizona lost in the final second on the road to Cal, and new No. 1 Syracuse outlasted Duke in overtime in front of 35,000 fans at the Carrier Dome. In the Coaches Poll, Wichita State moved up to No. 2.

Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Ohio State have been dropped from the AP rankings. Virginia, Connecticut and Gonzaga have been added.

San Diego State, the lone representative from the Mountain West, remains at No. 5 in both the AP and Coaches Poll after securing a home win over Colorado State on Saturday. New Mexico continues to play well and received 12 votes in the AP and 16 votes in the Coaches Poll this week.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts Previous
1 Syracuse Orange (65) 21-0 1625 2
2 Arizona Wildcats 21-1 1517 1
3 Florida Gators 19-2 1482 3
4 Wichita St. Shockers 23-0 1447 4
5 San Diego St. Aztecs 19-1 1370 5
6 Villanova Wildcats 19-2 1252 9
7 Cincinnati Bearcats 21-2 1182 13
8 Kansas Jayhawks 16-5 1141 6
9 Michigan St. Spartans 19-3 1136 7
10 Michigan Wolverines 16-5 949 10
11 Duke Blue Devils 17-5 940 17
12 Creighton Bluejays 18-3 790 20
13 Saint Louis Billikens 20-2 728 19
14 Louisville Cardinals 18-4 723 12
15 Texas Longhorns 17-4 719 25
16 Iowa St. Cyclones 16-4 717 16
17 Iowa Hawkeyes 17-5 669 15
18 Kentucky Wildcats 16-5 653 11
19 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 16-5 420 8
20 Virginia Cavaliers 17-5 364 29
21 Oklahoma Sooners 17-5 361 23
22 Connecticut Huskies 17-4 252 26
23 Gonzaga Bulldogs 20-3 237 27
24 Memphis Tigers 16-5 114 22
25 Pittsburgh Panthers 18-4 110 18
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, Ohio State 45, VCU 44, SMU 15, New Mexico 12, California 9, UCLA 9, Harvard 4, George Washington 3, LSU 3, Tennessee 2, American University 1, Southern Miss 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank Team Record Pts Prev Change
1 Syracuse Orange (32) 21-0 800 2 1
2 Wichita State Shockers 23-0 745 3 1
3 Arizona Wildcats 21-1 725 1 -2
4 Florida Gators 19-2 720 4
5 San Diego State Aztecs 19-1 680 5
6 Villanova Wildcats 19-2 596 9 3
7 Cincinnati Bearcats 21-2 570 15 8
8 Michigan State Spartans 19-3 546 6 -2
9 Kansas Jayhawks 16-5 498 7 -2
10 Louisville Cardinals 18-4 474 7 -3
11 Duke Blue Devils 17-5 409 16 5
12 Creighton Bluejays 18-3 404 20 8
13 Iowa Hawkeyes 17-5 377 12 -1
14 Kentucky Wildcats 16-5 372 11 -3
15 Saint Louis Billikens 20-2 362 21 6
16 Michigan Wolverines 16-5 328 14 -2
17 Iowa St. Cyclones 16-4 290 18 1
18 Texas Longhorns 17-4 287 NR
19 Oklahoma State Cowboys 16-5 227 10 -9
20 Gonzaga Bulldogs 20-3 214 24 4
21 Virginia Cavaliers 17-5 197 NR
22 Pittsburgh Panthers 18-4 99 17 -5
23 Oklahoma Sooners 17-5 94 25 2
24 Wisconsin Badgers 17-5 72 13 -11
25 Ohio State Buckeyes 17-5 67 23 -2

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