Florida enters NCAA Tournament as AP No. 1, Louisville is No. 5

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Florida Gators was awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night and on Monday finished as the No. 1 team in the final Associated Press Top 25 of the regular season.

The Gators held off a late charge from Kentucky in the SEC tournament championship game to finish the year 32-2 with an undefated conference record. The other No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament ( Wichita State Shockers , Virginia Cavaliers and Arizona Wildcats ) were ranked 2-4. Defending national champion  Louisville Cardinals , the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, was ranked No. 5 by the AP voters.

Unfortunately for Florida, No. 1 in the polls has not been a favorable spot for title hopefuls in recent years. Since 1990, only four teams ranked No. 1 in the final poll went on to win the national championship: Duke in 1992 and 2001, UCLA in 1995 and Kentucky in 2012. 

Check out the full AP Top 25 below, complete with each team's NCAA tournament seed. Don't forget to check out the experts' brackets for help with your own picks and sign up for one of our bracket games.

Final AP Top 25 

  1. Florida Gators (No. 1, South) -- 50 first-place votes
  2. Wichita State Shockers (No. 1, Midwest) -- 15 first-place votes
  3. Virginia Cavaliers (No. 1, East)
  4. Arizona Wildcats (No. 1, West)
  5. Louisville Cardinals (No. 4, Midwest) 
  6. Villanova Wildcats (No. 2, East)
  7. Michigan Wolverines (No. 2, Midwest)
  8. Duke Blue Devils (No. 3, Midwest)
  9. Iowa State Cyclones (No. 3, East)
  10. Kansas Jayhawks (No. 2, South)
  11. Michigan State Spartans (No. 4, East)
  12. Wisconsin Badgers (No. 2, West)
  13. San Diego State Aztecs (No. 4, West)
  14. Syracuse Orange (No. 3, South)
  15. Cincinnati Bearcats (No. 5, East)
  16. Creighton Bluejays (No. 3, West)
  17. New Mexico Lobos (No. 7, South)
  18. Connecticut Huskies (No. 7, East)
  19. North Carolina Tar Heels (No. 6, East)
  20. UCLA Bruins (No. 4, South)
  21. Oklahoma Sooners (No. 5, West)
  22. Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 6, South)
  23. Baylor Bears (No. 6, West)
  24. VCU Rams (No. 5, South)
  25. Saint Louis Billikens (No. 5, Midwest)

Dropped from rankings: Memphis, SMU

The final coaches poll Top 25 of the regular season has the same group of teams, with only a few differences in ranking. 

  1. Florida
  2. Wichita State
  3. Louisville
  4. Virginia 
  5. Arizona 
  6. Duke 
  7. Villanova
  8. Michigan
  9. Iowa State
  10. Kansas
  11. San Diego State
  12. Syracuse
  13. Michigan State
  14. Cincinnati 
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Creighton
  17. New Mexico
  18. North Carolina
  19. Oklahoma
  20. Saint Louis
  21. Kentucky
  22. UCLA
  23. Ohio State
  24. VCU

Dropped from rankings: Memphis, SMU

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