Final 2014 AP Men’s Basketball Rankings Released: Florida #1

So, the final 2014 AP Men’s basketball rankings have been released for a few weeks now; however, it is worth taking a quick look at which teams have made the Sweet 16 and which haven’t that were included in the rankings.

Of note, overall #2 Wichita State was defeated by the “unranked” Kentucky Wildcats (preseason 2013-14 #1) in the round of 32, Duke (#8 end of season ) was upset, and #10 Kansas was upset. Also missing from the Sweet 16 for this year’s March Madness include #14 Syracuse, #15 Cincinnati, #16 Creighton, #17 New Mexico, #18 UCONN, and #19 North Carolina to round out the top 20.

Many pundits believe that although Louisville earned a #5 AP ranking by the end of the year, perhaps their #4 seed was deserved after the team’s relatively sub-par play in the opening rounds of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. We will all see how that unfolds once the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 get underway here in the coming days. Who is your favorite to win the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at this point?

2014 Final AP Top 25 Men’s Basketball Rankings

RK           TEAM    RECORD               PTS

1              Florida (50)         32-2       1,610

2              Wichita State (15)            34-0       1,571

3              Virginia 28-6       1,430

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4              Arizona 30-4       1,422

5              Louisville              29-5       1,412

6              Villanova              28-4       1,231

7              Michigan              25-8       1,162

8              Duke     26-8       1,121

9              Iowa State          26-7       1,055S

10           Kansas  24-9       1,045

11           Michigan State  26-8       950

12           Wisconsin            26-7       892

13           San Diego State                29-4       890

14           Syracuse              27-5       757

15           Cincinnati            27-6       720

16           Creighton            26-7       658

17           New Mexico      27-6       623

18           Connecticut        26-8       503

19           North Carolina   23-9       424

20           UCLA     26-8       413

21           Oklahoma           23-9       265

22           Ohio State           25-9       167

23           Baylor   24-11     148

24           Virginia Commonwealth               26-8       140

25           Saint Louis           26-6       131

Others receiving votes: Memphis 101, Gonzaga 83, Kentucky 77, Stephen F. Austin 46, Harvard 30, Saint Joseph’s 14, Texas 13, Oregon 8, Providence 6, Massachusetts 3, Tennessee 2, Western Michigan 1, North Carolina Central 1

Dropped from rankings: Memphis 19, Southern Methodist 25

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