Florida Gators basketball out of AP Top 25 for first time since 2011, down to No. 24 in coaches poll

The Florida Gators (3-3) fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 – and just snuck into theUSA Today Coaches’ Poll – on Monday after dropping two of three games at the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis last week in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The fourth regular-season editions of the top 25 polls for 2014-15 find the Gators only ranked No. 24 by the coaches. It is the first time Florida is unranked in the AP Top 25 since Jan. 31, 2011, and UF received its fewest votes in the poll (40) since Jan. 3, 2001 (35).

Florida opened the season at No. 7/7. Two weeks later, the Gators fell 10 and nine spots down to No. 18/16. Now UF has effectively dropped 14 more places in the minds of the AP voters and eight slots according to the coaches. Things do not get any easier for Florida with No. 11/11 Kansas on tap this Friday.

WeekGator BaitRecordAP Top 25USA TodayNCAA RPI
Preseason--No. 7 (1,153)No. 7 (568)-
2W 68-45 vs. William & Mary1-0No. 8 (1,127)No. 7 (560)-
3L 69-67 vs. Miami
W(OT) 61-56 vs. ULM
2-1No. 18 (467)No. 16 (303)-
4L(OT) 65-66 vs. Georgetown
W 56-47 vs. UAB
L 64-75 vs. North Carolina
3-3NR (40)No. 24 (60)-

UF’s 2014-15 opponents in italics. Wins in blue; losses in red.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25
1-5: Kentucky (62), Wisconsin (3), Arizona, Duke, Louisville
6-10: Texas, Virginia, Wichita State, Gonzaga, Villanova
11-15: Kansas, North Carolina, San Diego State, Ohio State, Miami
16-20: West Virginia, Michigan, Arkansas, Michigan State, Iowa State
21-25: Maryland, Oklahoma, Butler, Illinois, Utah
Receiving votes: Florida – 32 overall

USA TODAY COACHES’ POLL
1-5: Kentucky (29), Duke, Arizona (1), Wisconsin (2), Louisville,
6-10: Virginia, Texas, Gonzaga, Villanova, Wichita State
11-15: Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, San Diego State, Miami
16-20: Michigan, West Virginia, Michigan State, Iowa State, Oklahoma
21-25: Arkansas, Maryland, UConn, Florida, Illinois

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Florida hangs on at No. 18/16 in top 25 polls

The Florida Gators (2-1) remained ranked when the third regular-season editions of the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Poll were released on Monday, despite dropping a home game to unranked Miami last week and being taken to overtime by Louisiana-Monroe on Friday.

Florida, which opened the season at No. 7/7 and moved to No. 8/7 last week, is now ranked No. 18 by AP voters (down 10 spots) and No. 16 by the coaches (down nine spots).

WeekGator BaitRecordAP Top 25USA TodayNCAA RPI
Preseason--No. 7 (1,153)No. 7 (568)-
2W 68-45 vs. William & Mary1-0No. 8 (1,127)No. 7 (560)-
3L 69-67 vs. Miami
W(OT) 61-56 vs. ULM
2-1No. 18 (467)No. 16 (303)-
4L(OT) 65-66 vs. Georgetown
W 56-47 vs. UAB
L 64-75 vs. North Carolina
3-3NR (40)No. 24 (60)-

UF’s 2014-15 opponents in italics. Wins in blue; losses in red.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25
1-5: Kentucky (62), Arizona/Wisconsin (3), Duke, North Carolina
6-10: Louisville, Texas, Virginia, Wichita State, Gonzaga
11-15: Kansas, Villanova, Iowa State, VCU, San Diego State
16-20: Ohio State, Miami, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State
21-25: West Virginia, UCLA, Creighton, UConn, Arkansas

USA TODAY COACHES’ POLL
1-5: Kentucky (29), Duke, Wisconsin (2), Arizona (1), Louisville
6-10: North Carolina, Virginia, Gonzaga, Texas, Wichita State
11-15: Villanova, Kansas, Iowa State, VCU, San Diego State
16-20: Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami
21-25: Oklahoma, UConn, UCLA, West Virginia, Providence

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Florida basketball opens at No. 7 in top 25 polls

Florida Gators basketball will open the 2014-15 campaign ranked No. 7 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Polls, the former of which saw its preseason edition released on Friday.

Losing four senior starters to graduation, Florida will kick off its season in two weeks on Friday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. against William & Mary. First, the Gators will host Barry University in an exhibition contest on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

Kentucky is ranked as the consensus No. 1 team in the nation, garnering 76-of-97 combined first-place votes (.784). Arizona is the consensus preseason No. 2 with Duke, Kansas and Wisconsin – in different orders – rounding out the top five of both polls.

Florida will face Kentucky (No. 1/1) twice during league play and take on both Kansas (No. 5/5) and UConn (No. 17/15) in non-conference action.

UF could also face Wisconsin (No. 2/4), North Carolina (No. 6/6) and/or Oklahoma (No. 19/19) as part of the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

AP Top 25
Preseason 1-5: Kentucky (52), Arizona (5), Wisconsin (8), Duke, Kansas
6-10: North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia, Texas
11-15: Wichita State, Villanova, Gonzaga, Iowa State, VCU
16-20: San Diego State, UConn, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ohio State
21-25: Nebraska, SMU, Syracuse, Michigan, Utah

USA Today Coaches’ Poll
Preseason 1-5: Kentucky (24), Arizona (3), Duke (2), Wisconsin (3), Kansas
6-10: North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Louisville, Texas
11-15: Wichita State, Villanova, Gonzaga, Iowa State, UConn
16-20: VCU, San Diego State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ohio State
21-25: Nebraska, SMU, Michigan, Syracuse, Iowa

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Florida basketball opens at No. 7 in Coaches Poll

Florida Gators basketball will open the 2014-15 campaign ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, which released its preseason edition on Thursday.

After falling to UConn in the Final Four of the 2014 NCAA Touranment, Florida finished No. 3 in the final 2013-14 poll with Kentucky – the team it defeated thrice during the regular season – one spot ahead of it at No. 2.

UK is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today presesaon poll, garnering 24-of-32 first-place votes. Arizona (3), Duke (2), Wisconsin (3) and Kansas round out the top five.

Florida will face Kentucky (No. 1) twice during league play and take on both Kansas (No. 5) and UConn (No. 15) in non-conference action.

UF could also face Wisconsin (No. 4), North Carolina (No. 6) and/or Oklahoma (No. 19) as part of the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.


Preseason 1-5: Kentucky (24), Arizona (3), Duke (2), Wisconsin (3), Kansas
6-10: North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Louisville, Texas
11-15: Wichita State, Villanova, Gonzaga, Iowa State, UConn
16-20: VCU, San Diego State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ohio State
21-25: Nebraska, SMU, Michigan, Syracuse, Iowa

Among the 32 coaches voting in the 2014-15 poll are VCU’s Shaka Smart (a former Florida assistant) and Georgia head coach Mark Fox.

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Florida remains unranked in top 25 polls

The Florida State Seminoles held on to the No. 1 spot in the first regular-season editions of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and USA Today Coaches’ Poll, released on Tuesday.

Unranked in either preseason poll for the first time since 2003 and not finding a spot in USA Today‘s preseason rankings for the first time since it took over the coaches’ poll in 1991, the Florida Gators remained unranked after their scheduled season-opener against the Idaho Vandals was suspended due to weather.

UF did, however, finish within the top five unranked teams in both polls.

Florida State received 46-of-60 first-place votes in the AP poll and 57-of-62 first-place votes in the USA Today rankings, making it the overwhelming choice for top team in the country this week.

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Florida starts unranked in AP Top 25 Poll

Coming off their first national tile in more than a decade, the Florida State Seminoles earned the No. 1 spot in the 2014 preseason Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Sunday, while the Florida Gators will enter the season unranked after finishing 27th with 87 total votes in the first poll of the 2014 campaign.

Despite opening the 2013 season at No. 10 in the poll, Florida finished with a 4-8 record, the program’s worst since it went winless in 1979. It is the first time since 2003 that the Gators have not been ranked by AP voters to open the season.

Florida State received 57 of 60 possible first-place votes with Alabama (1), Oregon (1), Oklahoma (1) and Ohio State rounding out the top five.

Eight Southeastern Conference teams were ranked by AP voters this preseason – five in the top 15 – including: Alabama (No. 2), Auburn (No. 6), South Carolina (No. 9), Georgia (No. 12), LSU (No. 13), Ole Miss (No. 18), Texas A&M (No. 21) and Missouri (No. 24). UF will face six preseason-ranked teams in 2014.

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Gators start unranked in USA Today Coaches Poll

Coming off their first national tile in more than a decade, the Florida State Seminoles earned the No. 1 spot in the 2014 preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll released Thursday, while the Florida Gators will enter the season unranked after finishing 27th with 122 total votes in the first poll of the 2014 campaign.

Despite opening the 2013 season at No. 10 in the poll, Florida finished with a 4-8 record, the program’s worst since it went winless in 1979. It is the first time since USA Today took over the coaches poll in 1991 that UF has been unranked in its preseason edition.

Florida State received 56 of 62 possible first-place votes with Alabama, Oklahoma (3), Oregon (1) and Auburn rounding out the top five. Ohio State (No. 6) and South Carolina (No. 9) each received a first-place vote.

Seven Southeastern Conference teams were ranked by the coaches this preseason – five in the top 15 – including Alabama (No. 2), Auburn (No. 5), South Carolina (No. 9), Georgia (No. 12), LSU (No. 13), Ole Miss (No. 19) and Texas A&M (No. 20).

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15 Gator Bites for Tuesday, April 15

From time to time, OnlyGators.com will come across a plethora of news and notes that we wish to share – too much to fit into one of our truncated BITS segments. When stories like these fall through the cracks, we catch and wrap them all up with Gator Bites.

» Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was involved in a card accident before his team’s game on Monday – don’t worry, he’s OK – when a woman ran a red light and hit his sports utility vehicle. What happened next? “She said she ran a red light and it was her fault,” Parsons told the Houston Chronicle. “She had a little car so it kind of messed up the front bumper of my car. She was OK. Asked me to sign her insurance card.” Parsons led Houston with 21 points in 40 minutes on Monday. He entered the game recovering from a hip injury he suffered last week.

» According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, the Philadelphia Eagles have a high level of interest in Gators outside linebacker Ronald Powell. Kempski notes that Philadelphia has a history of selecting high-upside players that were ranked among the top players in the country coming out of high school seeing as the Eagles used a seventh-round selection on running back Bryce Brown in 2012.

» The final USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll came out following the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and the individual ballots of all 32 coaches that voted were released as well. Five coaches – Tim Cluess (Iona), Matt Driscoll (North Florida), Tim Floyd (UTEP), Shaka Smart (VCU) and Don Verlin (Idaho) – voted Florida into the No. 2 spot over Kentucky, while four other coaches picked UF at No. 4 behind Wisconsin. One coach – Mike McConathy of Northwestern State – ranked the Gators fifth in the final poll.

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