Syracuse falls to lowest ranking of the year in final USA Today coaches’ poll – The Post-Standard (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange was ranked No. 17 in the final USA Today coaches’ poll, which was released on Tuesday.

Syracuse finished the season with a 28-6 overall record. Syracuse lost to Dayton in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

The No. 17 ranking was the lowest of the entire season for Syracuse, which was ranked No. 1 in the USA Today poll for three consecutive weeks in early February.

Connecticut, which won the NCAA championship on Monday night with a victory over Kentucky, was the No. 1 team with Kentucky at No. 2. The other Final Four participants Florida and Wisconsin were No. 3 and 4, respectively.

The rest of the top 10 included Arizona, Michigan, Wichita State, Michigan State, Louisville and Virginia.

Syracuse was one of four teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the final USA Today poll. Along with No. 10 Virginia, the other ACC schools were No. 16 Duke and No. 21 North Carolina.

Dayton, which beat Syracuse in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight, came in at No. 18 in a tie with Baylor. Coincidentally, Dayton lost to Baylor in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational back in November. The following day, Syracuse beat Baylor to win the Maui Invitational.

USA Today Poll

1. Connecticut (30)
2. Kentucky (1)
3. Florida
4. Wisconsin
5. Arizona
6. Michigan
7. Wichita State
8. Michigan State
9. Louisville
10. Virginia
11. Iowa State
12. San Diego State
13. Villanova
14. Kansas
15. UCLA
16. Duke
17. Syracuse
18. Baylor
18. Dayton
20. Creighton
21. North Carolina
22. Cincinnati
23. Tennessee
24. Stanford
25. Saint Louis

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 50, Oklahoma 33, Memphis 23, Ohio State 21, Harvard 21, Oregon 14, Texas 12, Virginia Commonwealth 11, Pittsburgh 10, Gonzaga 10, Saint Joseph’s 9, Stephen F. Austin 7, Southern Methodist 7, Minnesota 7, Florida State 4, Clemson 1, North Dakota State 1

Dropped from rankings: New Mexico 17, Oklahoma 20, Ohio State 24, Virginia Commonwealth 25


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