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Gamecocks ranked again, play No. 19 Florida, No. 5 Kentucky

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell is ready for a week like few others in his college career.

He knows if the 24th-ranked Gamecocks can make it through No. 19 Florida at home on Wednesday night and at No. 5 Kentucky on Saturday, it should go a long way in determining if they can challenge for the top of the Southeastern Conference and gain their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Jan 16
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (28)17-11,5803
2Kansas (32)16-11,5622
3UCLA (3)18-11,4724
4Gonzaga (2)17-01,4335
5Kentucky15-21,3576
6Baylor16-11,3151
7West Virginia15-21,18510
7Creighton17-11,1858
9North Carolina16-31,06311
10Florida State16-29649
11Oregon16-293113
12Louisville15-390014
13Butler15-382312
14Arizona16-275716
15Notre Dame16-274820
16Virginia13-367719
17Wisconsin14-364418
18Duke14-46147
19Florida14-340523
20Cincinnati15-237322
21Purdue14-430917
22Xavier13-429415
23Saint Mary's (Cal.)15-221021
24South Carolina14-3125-
25Maryland16-2121-

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