Winners and Losers from the AP College Basketball Top 25 Rankings in Week 19

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Winners and Losers from the AP College Basketball Top 25 Rankings in Week 19
Phil Sandlin/Associated Press

In the final AP Top 25 of the regular season, the Florida Gators remain No. 1 in the nation to serve as the biggest winner of all.

As far as the biggest loser goes, it has to be Stephen F. Austin.

If we're being perfectly honest, the AP poll doesn't matter. In the hierarchy of things that the selection committee takes into consideration when building the bracket, AP ranking falls somewhere in between conference record and jersey color.

Until the tournament is set, though, those ordinal numbers mean everything. And the Lumberjacks deserved to have a number next to their name for the first time in 30 years as a D-I program.

Since opening the season with a 3-2 record, Stephen F. Austin has won 26 consecutive games. Only one of those wins came against a team in the RPI Top 125, but who cares? Pretty much all we've heard about Wichita State for the past two months is that you can only beat the opponents that you face and that strength of schedule shouldn't matter if you never lose.

So three cheers to the Lumberjacks for an incredible three-month stretch, but shame on the AP voters for denying them access to the Top 25.

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

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