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Gators, Shockers still lead next-to-last college basketball rankings

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The last college basketball rankings of the regular season were released on March 10. While the last rankings before the NCAA tournament will be released on March 17, everyone will be too busy sorting out their brackets to notice. But these last polls before the brackets come out show more shifts in college basketball's top 10, except at the very top.

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The Florida Gators and Wichita State Shockers have been the only powerhouses immune from upsets these last several weeks. While over half of the top 10 lost this past week, with a few more going down on the weekend, the Gators and Shockers stayed immune as they made history.

Florida stayed No. 1 and became the first SEC team to go 18-0 in that conference, while Wichita State became the first ever men's college basketball team to enter the NCAA tournament at 34-0. But since the Gators overwhelmed a weaker than usual SEC and the Shockers' schedule has been trashed for weeks, they may not be the top two favorites going into March Madness.

Nevertheless, none of the other favorites have really made a move to overtake the Gators or Shockers. The Arizona Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Cavaliers, Wisconsin Badgers, Kansas Jayhawks and Syracuse Orange all lost last week despite their high rankings. The Orange and Badgers dropped from the top 10 altogether on March 10, while the Jayhawks barely stayed in.

With this rash of upsets, it may be a sign that the NCAA tournament will be more crowded with upsets than usual. It may even stretch into April, since there's no clear cut No. 1 like the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats and 2013 Louisville Cardinals that may overwhelm the field. Florida could be that team, or it could get knocked out early once it leaves the comfort of its conference -- like Wichita State, Arizona and the Villanova Wildcats could.

Until then, college basketball's new top 10 has one more week to play their way into higher seeds at their conference tournaments. This doesn't apply to everyone, since Wichita State already finished winning the Missouri Valley, while Florida and Arizona should already be locked in as No. 1's.

Nevertheless, the accompanying slideshow lists the top 10 teams in the AP rankings and what they have to do now.

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