Gator basketball rises to No. 10 in AP poll
The Gators (8-0) will play No. 7 Syracuse (8-0) Thursday in the SEC-Big East Invitational at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Florida coach Billy Donovan said the Gators' ranking last week - when Florida entered the poll at No. 13 - may have been more indicative of its play than this week's rise.
“Sometimes in polls, when we first got ranked, we probably earned that in our own right playing against Florida State, Michigan State and Rutgers and really having some hard early tests in November,’’ Donovan said. “Now, no disrespect to FAMU and Jacksonville, probably our climb in the polls now has less to do with what we’ve done and maybe a lot more to do with some other people losing.''
Donovan said he doesn't know how his team will handle the newfound success; this is only the second week Florida has been ranked since last January - but he's hoping the Gators will be able to keep it in perpsective.
"All this is very, very fragile,'' Donovan said. "Winning is very fragile, success is very fragile. And I think if you embrace it, or think you have it figured out, or think it’s easy, that’s when you really put yourself in a position of being extremely vulnerable.''