Florida Gators earn No. 1 spot in latest top 25 basketball poll

Team has won school-record 19 straight games

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PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - The Florida Gators are the new team to beat in college basketball.

Florida (25-2) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll released Monday.

The Gators received 47 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Wichita State (29-0), the only undefeated team in the country, was No. 1 on 14 ballots and Arizona (25-2) got the other four first-place votes.

Syracuse (25-2), which was No. 1 the past three weeks, lost to Boston College and Duke last week, the Orange's first losses of the season.

This is the first time the Gators have held the top spot in the rankings since they repeated as national champions in 2007.

Florida has won a school-record 19 consecutive games.

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