Florida Gators remain third in latest AP Top 25

Guard Scottie Wilbekin helped lead the Gators to home wins against Missouri and Alabama last week.

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Florida held steady at No. 3 in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday.

The Gators (21-2 overall, 10-0 SEC) earned two home victories last week to extend their winning streak to 15 games. Florida defeated Missouri 68-58 on Tuesday and Alabama 78-69 on Saturday.

Syracuse was a unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week while SMU moved into the Top 25 for the first time in almost three decades.

The Orange (23-0) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. Arizona, Florida, Wichita State, San Diego State and Villanova remained second through sixth. Wichita State (25-0) is the only other unbeaten team in Division I.

Kansas moved up one spot to seventh and Duke jumped three spots to eighth. Michigan State and Cincinnati round out the top ten.

Wisconsin and Ohio State, Nos. 21 and 22, both returned to the rankings after a one-week absence. SMU, which beat then-No. 7 Cincinnati last week, moved in at No. 23, the Mustangs’ first ranking since the next-to-last poll of 1984-85, a season they were ranked as high as No. 2.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Gonzaga fell out of the Top 25.