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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wichita State No. 18 in final AP poll

By Paul Suellentrop
The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State is No. 18 in the Associated Press poll, its first spot in the final ranking of the season since 1983.

The Shockers (27-5) dropped two spots in the poll despite not playing last week. They dropped three spots in the USA Today/ESPN poll voted on by coaches, falling to No. 19.

WSU opens play in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday against Virginia Commonwealth (28-6) in Portland, Ore. Rams coach Shaka Smart voted WSU No. 14 his poll. Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson voted WSU No. 10. Thirty-one coaches vote in the weekly poll, which will continue through the tournament.

The AP poll, voted on by 64 writers and broadcasters, does not rank teams after the NCAA Tournament. The Shockers appear in the final poll for the first time since the 1982-83 team finished No. 14. WSU also made the final AP rankings in 1963 (No. 5) and 1964 (No. 5). In 1965, when the Shockers played in the Final Four, they did not appear in the final AP poll, which included 10 teams. They were ranked in the final UPI poll, No. 14.

In 2006, WSU made its one end-of-season appearance in the coaches poll, finishing No. 21 after advancing to the Sweet 16.

Creighton is No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll. It is the Bluejays’ first appearance in the final AP poll since the 2003 ranked No. 15.

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