ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For the first time in the program's history, the University of South Florida mens basketball team is in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Fresh off the team's 13th consecutive win on Sunday, the Bulls debuted at No. 25, one spot behind the Florida Gators.

South Florida has been a surprise in its first season under Coach Amir Abdur-Rahim, who led a remarkable turnaround at Kennesaw State from a one-win season to an NCAA Tournament bid last year. Now he’s helped the Bulls (21-5) go from being picked ninth in the American Athletic Conference to their first-ever ranking.

The Bulls beat SMU, 79-68, on Sunday to improve to 14-1 in league play. The game drew more than 10,200 fans to the Yuengling Center.

Elsewhere in the poll, the Gators — coming off a loss to Alabama and a victory over Vanderbilt — are No. 24.

The Houston Cougars are at No. 1 for the first time this season, ending the six-week stay of reigning national champion Connecticut.

Purdue rose one spot to No. 2, while the Huskies’ loss to Creighton dropped them to third.

Teams four through 10 in Monday's poll are: Tennessee, Marquette, Arizona, Kansas, Iowa State, North Carolina and Duke.

The rest of the Top 25 on Monday:

11. Auburn

12. Creighton

13. Illinois

14. Alabama

15. Baylor

16. Kentucky

17. Saint Mary's

18. South Carolina

19. Washington State

20. San Diego State

21. Dayton

22. Utah State

23. Gonzaga

24. Florida

25. USF