- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

Breaking down this week’s Associated Press college basketball poll:


FINAL NO. 1: Florida was No. 1 in the final AP college basketball poll of the season - surely no guarantee of being on top when the NCAA tournament is over. Since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989-90, only four teams ranked No. 1 in the final poll went on to win the national championship: Duke in 1992, UCLA in 1995, Duke in 2001 and Kentucky in 2012.

The Gators, who were ranked No. 1 for the last four polls of the season, were one of five teams to hold the top spot this season.

Kentucky was No. 1 in the preseason poll and for the first week of the regular season. Michigan State held it for the next three weeks followed by Arizona for eight weeks, Syracuse for three and Florida.

The record for teams ranked No. 1 in a season was seven in 1982-83.


ALL THE WAY: Eight teams were ranked in every poll this season with Arizona the only one who stayed in the top 10 the whole way. The Wildcats, who were No. 1 for eight weeks, were never ranked lower than sixth.

The others ranked the whole season were: Michigan State, Louisville, Duke, Kansas, Syracuse, Florida and Wichita State.

Memphis just missed joining the group. The Tigers fell out for the final poll.


ONE WEEK WONDERS: Two teams - Dayton and Illinois - were ranked for just one week this season.


TOTAL COUNT: Forty-two teams were ranked at some point this season, well off the record 53 that were in the Top 25 in 2009-10.


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