Florida moves up in polls

FightinGators.com Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2014

The Gators completed non-conference play with a win over Richmond on Saturday and will begin conference play on Wednesday while ranked as a top-10 team in the Associated Press Poll. The USA Today Coaches’ Poll ranks Florida at No. 11.

Florida will begin conference play with an 11-2 record on Wednesday against South Carolina (7-6). The two losses suffered by the Gators this season came at unranked Connecticut and No. 4 Wisconsin.

Colorado, Duke, Oklahoma State and Oregon all lost games last week that caused them to fall behind Florida. However, Iowa State jumped Florida in both polls after starting the year with a 13-0 record.

The discrepancy in the polls that gives Florida separate rankings happens because of Louisville. The Cardinals are ranked No. 8 in the Coaches’ Poll and No. 12 in the AP Poll.

The Gators started the 2013-14 season ranked as a top-10 team, and coach Billy Donovan laughed those off to start the season. Florida was dealing with injuries and suspensions that limited the roster at that point.

Now a top-10 team in the AP Poll, Donovan has seen growth out of his roster since laughing it off early in the year.

“I think we’re a better team than we were in November and December,” Donovan said. “I think we’ve gotten better. I still think we can improve from that point. Where we should be ranked, it’s hard for me to say.”

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