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Florida enters AP poll

November 22, 2005

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Florida is young and in the Top 25.

The Gators, who lost three starters and 60 percent of their offense from last season, moved into the Associated Press' men's college basketball poll Monday. They had victories over ranked teams in the semifinals and championship game of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.

The jump from unranked to 14th for the team that starts four sophomores is the most impressive entrance since Georgia Tech moved in at No. 13 in the third poll of the regular season in 2003-04.

The record for a jump-in is Kansas University's move from unranked to No. 4 in the first regular-season poll of 1989-90. The Jayhawks beat No. 1 UNLV, No. 2 LSU and No. 25 St. John's in winning the Preseason NIT that season.

Washington, which won the BCA Classic on its home court, was the other newcomer this week, moving in at No. 25.

Duke (3-0) held on to the No. 1 spot, receiving 65 first-place votes and 1,793 points from the national media panel. Texas (2-0) held second with six No. 1 votes and 1,692 points. Connecticut (1-0) remained third, but then came the changes.

Michigan State, which lost its opener at Hawaii 84-62, dropped from fourth to No. 12.

Villanova, which had the only other first-place vote, Oklahoma, Louisville, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Arizona and Boston College all moved up one place to round out the Top 10.

Stanford (0-1), which lost its season opener to Cal-Irvine, 79-63, dropped out of the rankings from No. 13. Iowa State (1-0), which beat Mountain State 101-82, fell out from 25th.

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