Winners and Losers from the AP College Basketball Top 25 Rankings in Week 17

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Winners and Losers from the AP College Basketball Top 25 Rankings in Week 17
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

By narrowly escaping with victories over Auburn and Ole Miss while Syracuse picked up its first (and second) loss of the season, the Florida Gators ascended to No. 1 in this week's AP Top 25.

They became the fifth team to earn the top spot in the polljoining Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse in that elusive clubbut there are bigger winners and losers to discuss.

North Carolina, Southern Methodist and New Mexico all returned to the AP Top 25 this week after spending last Monday on the sidelines. Those winners took the place of Connecticut, UCLA and Gonzaga.

Farther up in the rankings, both Kansas and Louisville made big leaps this week after statement wins on Saturday. Meanwhile, San Diego State took the biggest tumble of the week, dropping seven spots to No. 13 despite suffering just one completely understandable loss at New Mexico.

In less than three weeks, Selection Sunday will be here and this poll won't mean a darn thing anymore. But for now, it's all we've got.

Here are the rest of this week's winners and losers.

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