Florida unanimous No. 1 in final coaches' poll
Florida jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, released Tuesday after the Gators beat No. 2 Ohio State for the national championship.
The Gators received all 31 first-place votes in the season-ending poll.
Ohio State fell to No. 2 and the rest of the Top 10 was shuffled wholesale, reflecting results from the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA and Georgetown, which joined Florida and Ohio State in the Final Four, moved up to Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. The Bruins had been No. 6 and the Hoyas No. 8 in the previous poll.
Regional finalists Kansas and North Carolina tied for No. 5, followed by No. 7 Memphis, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 10 Pittsburgh. The Ducks were the biggest climbers, rising from No. 12.
While some teams were rewarded for their tournament showings, others were penalized for the exact same reason.
Wisconsin dropped from No. 7 into a tie for No. 11 with Southern Illinois, and Texas plunged from No. 11 to No. 16. Both the Badgers and Longhorns lost in the second round.
But Butler and UNLV, both Sweet 16 entrants, saw their stock rise as the Bulldogs climbed to No. 13 from No. 19 and The Rebels rose to No. 14 from No. 19. USC, which knocked off Texas, climbed from No. 25 to No. 15.
Rounding out the Top 20 were No. 17. Washington State, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 19 Vanderbilt and No. 20 Louisville. Both the Vols and Commodores were unranked in the previous poll.
Completing the Top 25 were Nevada, Winthrop, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
No. 17 Notre Dame, No. 20 Marquette, No. 23 Brigham Young and No. 24 Creighton all dropped out of the poll. All lost in the first round.
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