Wichita State rises to No. 2 in AP poll

03/20/2014 6:22 PM

08/06/2014 10:00 AM

Cleanthony Early, Fred VanVleet and their teammates joined Antoine Carr, Cliff Levingston and their 1981 Wichita State teammates as the highest-ranked Shockers in more than 30 seasons.

Wichita State (29-0) moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and the coaches poll administered by USA Today on Monday. The Shockers, third in both last week, received 14 first-place votes to rank behind No. 1 Florida (25-2) in the AP poll of 65 writers and broadcasters. Florida received 47 votes for No. 1 and No. 3 Arizona got four. Florida totaled 1,606 point with WSU receiving 1,549.

In the poll of 32 coaches, WSU received eight first-place votes. Florida received 24 and has 791 points, to WSU’s 771.

Syracuse (25-2) dropped to No. 4 after losses to Boston College and Duke. Kansas (21-6) is No. 5.

Wichita State matched the 1981-82 team, which spent one week at No. 2, in the Dec. 23, 1981, 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 clinched the Missouri Valley Conference title on Saturday with a win over Drake. They play at Bradley on Tuesday to continue their attempt to become the first MVC team to finish the conference season unbeaten since Bradley went 16-0 in 1985-86. Saint Joseph’s is the last team to survive the regular season unbeaten, going 27-0 in 2003-04 before losing in its conference tournament.

WSU ends the regular season when it plays host to Missouri State on Saturday at Koch Arena.

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