College basketball rankings: Florida takes No. 1 for first time since 2007

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Officially, Florida is No. 1.

Florida was voted No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the week of February 24, 2014 released on Monday, earning the top ranking in college basketball for the first time since 2007.

Florida earned 47 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll, and moves up to No. 1 after spending last week at No. 2 in both polls. A winless week by formerly unbeaten Syracuse made Florida's elevation all but a formality, though Wichita State does have more first-place votes (14) this week than Florida had last week (one).

The Gators last topped either poll in the final ESPN/coaches poll of the 2006-07 season, after winning their second straight national championship. (The AP does not release polls after the beginning of the NCAA Tournament.) Florida was ranked No. 1 in both polls for eight weeks in 2006-07, more than in every other season in program history combined.

But after being ranked No. 1 in both polls on February 12, 2007, Florida did not return to No. 1 in the regular season after losing at Vanderbilt on February 17, and had not been ranked No. 1 in the regular season since then.

Florida's next game this year? A trip to Vanderbilt on Tuesday.

For posterity, here's the AP Top 25 for February 24, 2014.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Florida Gators (47) 25-2 1,606 2
2 Wichita St. Shockers (14) 29-0 1,549 3
3 Arizona Wildcats (4) 25-2 1,494 4
4 Syracuse Orange 25-2 1,410 1
5 Kansas Jayhawks 21-6 1,310 8
6 Duke Blue Devils 22-6 1,286 5
7 Louisville Cardinals 23-4 1,152 11
8 Villanova Wildcats 24-3 1,113 9
9 Creighton Bluejays 23-4 1,103 11
10 Saint Louis Billikens 25-2 1,047 10
11 Cincinnati Bearcats 24-4 921 7
12 Virginia Cavaliers 23-5 909 14
13 San Diego St. Aztecs 23-3 886 6
14 Wisconsin Badgers 22-5 818 16
15 Iowa St. Cyclones 21-5 709 17
16 Michigan Wolverines 19-7 653 20
17 Kentucky Wildcats 21-6 629 18
18 Michigan St. Spartans 22-6 552 13
19 North Carolina Tar Heels 20-7 440 NR
20 Iowa Hawkeyes 19-7 418 15
21 Memphis Tigers 21-6 288 22
22 Ohio St. Buckeyes 22-6 253 24
23 SMU Mustangs 22-6 155 NR
24 Texas Longhorns 20-7 129 19
25 New Mexico Lobos 21-5 113 NR

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And here's the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll.

USA TODAY Sports coaches poll

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Florida Gators (24) 25-2 791 2
2 Wichita St. Shockers (8) 29-0 771 3
3 Arizona Wildcats 25-2 727 4
4 Louisville Cardinals 23-4 660 5
5 Syracuse Orange 25-2 625 1
6 Kansas Jayhawks 21-6 619 8
7 Duke Blue Devils 22-6 594 6
8 Saint Louis Billikens 25-2 563 10
9 Villanova Wildcats 24-3 538 11
10 Creighton Bluejays 23-4 514 12
11 Virginia Cavaliers 23-5 480 13
12 Cincinnati Bearcats 24-4 460 9
13 San Diego St. Aztecs 23-3 452 7
14 Wisconsin Badgers 22-5 358 18
15 Kentucky Wildcats 21-6 343 16
16 Michigan Wolverines 19-7 315 20
17 Iowa St. Cyclones 21-5 291 19
18 Michigan St. Spartans 22-6 275 14
19 Iowa Hawkeyes 19-7 229 15
20 Ohio St. Buckeyes 22-6 166 23
21 North Carolina Tar Heels 20-7 153 NR
22 Memphis Tigers 21-6 124 24
23 Texas Longhorns 20-7 102 17
24 SMU Mustangs 22-6 57 NR
25 Oklahoma Sooners 20-7 52 NR
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