Arizona ranked fourth heading into NCAAs

Florida, the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, is on top of the AP’s final college basketball poll of the season.

The Gators (32-2) are No. 1 for the fourth straight week after capping the regular season with the Southeastern Conference tournament title. Florida, which has won 26 straight, received 50 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.

The other No. 1 seeds are second through fourth. Wichita State (34-0) drew the other 15 first-place votes and is No. 2, followed by Virginia (28-6) and Arizona (30-4). Virginia jumped from sixth to third after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament for the first time since 1976.

Louisville remained fifth and is followed by Villanova, Michigan, Duke, Iowa State and Kansas. Iowa State jumped from No. 16 to No. 9 after winning the Big 12 tournament.

UCLA, which won the Pac-12 tournament, and Baylor returned to the rankings this week. Memphis and SMU dropped out.

Team Record Pts. Previous
1. Florida (50)       32-3 1,610 1
 2. Wichita St. (15)       34-0 1,571 2
 3. Virginia             28-6 1,430 6
 4. Arizona             30-4 1,422 4
 5. Louisville         29-5 1,412 5
 6. Villanova             28-4 1,231 3
 7. Michigan           25-8 1,162 8
 8. Duke            26-8 1,121 7
 9. Iowa St.             26-7 1,055 16
10. Kansas           24-9 1,045 10
11. Michigan St.   26-8 950 22
12. Wisconsin          26-7 892 12
13. San Diego St.      29-4 890 8
14. Syracuse             27-5 757 11
15. Cincinnati          27-6 720 13
16. Creighton     26-7 658 14
17. New Mexico         27-6 623 20
18. UConn                  26-8 503 21
19. North Carolina      23-9 424 15
20. UCLA                  26-8 413
21. Oklahoma          23-9 265 17
22. Ohio St.             25-9 167 24
23. Baylor                24-11 148
24. VCU                   26-8 140 23
25. Saint Louis          26-6 131 18

Others receiving votes: Memphis 101, Gonzaga 83, Kentucky 77, Stephen F. Austin 46, Harvard 30, Saint Joseph’s 14, Texas 13, Oregon 8, Providence 6, UMass 3, Tennessee 2, NC Central 1, W. Michigan 1.