Florida Gators ranked in top-10 for fifth time in seven years

The USA Today Sports men’s basketball coaches poll was released today and the Florida Gators will start the season ranked No. 7.

The USA Today men’s basketball coaches poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season by a panel of Division I head coaches. Each of the 32 Division I conferences that receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament are represented in the panel that is chosen by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Since the 2008-2009 season, the Gators have been ranked in the top-25 of the coaches’ poll seven times. Out of those seven seasons, the Gators were ranked in the top-10 five times.

With an Elite Eight appearance in five out of the last eight seasons, it is understandable why the Gators are consistently ranked so highly.

With the return of experienced players in Chris Chiozza, Kevaughn Allen, John Egbunu and Kevarrius Hayes, along with talented transfers and incoming freshmen, Coach Mike White and his team look to have all the pieces needed in order to make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Duke topped the poll, but the Gators weren’t the only school to represent the SEC in the rankings. Kentucky (4) and Alabama (25) both were voted in by coaches. Texas A&M, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas and South Carolina all received votes in the poll, but narrowly avoided landing in the top-25.

USA TODAY SPORTS PRESEASON MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES POLL

  1. Duke
  2. Michigan State
  3. Kansas
  4. Kentucky
  5. Arizona
  6. Villanova
  7. Florida
  8. Wichita State
  9. North Carolina
  10. West Virginia
  11. USC
  12. Miami
  13. Cincinnati
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Minnesota
  16. Louisville
  17. Xavier
  18. UCLA
  19. Gonzaga
  20. Northwestern
  21. Purdue
  22. St. Mary’s
  23. Seton Hall
  24. Baylor
  25. Alabama
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Spencer Reed
As a second generation Gator, Spencer has always been passionate about Gator sports. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida he grew up playing baseball, basketball and football (with a little bit of surfing mixed in during the summer). After getting accepted into UF for Journalism, Spencer broadcasted short "Trending Now" updates and wrote articles for ESPN. In his free time Spencer enjoys getting disappointed every weekend while watching the Jaguars, as well as playing pick-up basketball at Southwest Recreation Center.