Gator Report

Antonya English

Florida basketball team ranked No. 4 in latest AP poll

28

January

The Florida men's basketball team is ranked No. 4 in the latest AP poll, which was released this afternoon.

It is the Gators' highest regular-season ranking since being ranked No. 3 on March 12, 2007 - heading into the 2007 NCAA Tournament - the final AP poll in the 2007 season. The Gators went on to win the national championship that season.

Florida was ranked No. 5 earlier this season before its 65-64 loss to then-No. 8 Arizona.

Michigan is No. 1 in this week's poll, followed by Kansas and Indiana. Duke is No 5.

Florida coach Billy Donovan said it's imperative that the Gators keeping the rise in the rankings in perspective.

“If you want to look at the truth of the matter with the rankings right now is if every time in front of us did not lose we wouldn’t move, we wouldn’t,'' Donovan said. "So it’s not like all of the sudden where you play a game and based on the naked eye someone says OK Florida is ranked 10th in the country but you know what in this game they look like the second best team in the country. So this week they are going to be 2. No one jumps from from 10 to 2. Right now, this time of year, anyone that jumps up in the polls and or makes a move in the polls has everything to do with teams in front of them losing. Now, we have to take care of our business winning basketball games, which allows you to move up. But as quickly as you can move up, you can just as quickly go back the other way. And I would hope that being in this program, a lot of our guys are older, would understand that that’s a product of what’s happening in front of us. You are going to go up and down and polls. Listen, we go to Arizona, we lose a hard-fought game, and then we’ve got one game in between, a mid-week game against Southeastern Louisiana, then we go and we lose to Kansas State and we go from 8 or 9 in the country down to 14 or 15. And then we eight in a row and we kind of move back, so you’re always going to be in flux, and all that stuff. As it relates to the NCAA Tournament and seeding and stuff like that. The seeding happens in Selection Sunday so right now really all this stuff doesn’t make a difference. Yesterday wasn’t the seeding. We aren’t even halfway through our conference schedule yet. We have so much more basketball to play and so much better we need to get and we also need to get healthier, too."

 

 

[Last modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 1:26pm]

    

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