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Wichita State stays No. 2 in AP poll; Kansas drops to No. 8

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, March 3, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 6:22 p.m.

Wichita State remained No. 2 in the Associated Press college basketball rankings for a second week. The Shockers, the nation’s lone unbeaten team, received 14 first-place votes from the poll of 65 writers and broadcasters.

Florida (27-2) remains No. 1 for a second week. The Gators received 46 first-place votes, losing one to No. 3 Arizona (27-2).

Kansas (22-7) dropped three spots to No. 8 after Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma State.

The Shockers also stayed No. 2 in the coaches poll. They received seven first-place votes from the 32 coaches polled, 18 behind No. 1 Florida. Kansas dropped two spots to No. 8.

Wichita State is at its highest point since the 1981-82 team spent one week at No. 2, in the Dec. 23, 1981 AP poll.

Only one Shocker team made it to the top of the poll. The Shockers ascended to No. 1 in both the AP and the coaches polls in the Dec. 15, 1964, voting. After a loss to No. 2 Michigan, WSU dropped to No. 2 in both polls, where it stayed for two weeks.

The Shockers, the first team to complete the regular season unbeaten since St. Joseph’s went 27-0 in 2003-04, play in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on at 12:05 p.m. Friday. They will face the winner of Thursday’s game between eighth-seeded Drake and ninth-seeded Evansville.

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