Gators enter AP Poll at No. 24

Following their 71-55 win over then-No. 20 Florida State inside the O’Connell Center on Sunday, the Florida men’s basketball team entered the Associated Press Poll at No. 24 on Monday.

The Gators weren’t ranked in either preseason poll, and the media selected them to finish seventh in the SEC.

However, the early-season perception of them has changed following their win over Florida State. They outrebounded the much taller Seminoles by 11 and swatted away 10 shots. They forced 17 turnovers and limited FSU to 38.5 percent shooting.

They closed the game on a 31-13 run to snap their seven-game losing streak to Florida State.

The No. 24 Gators will be back in action at home on Thursday night against Milwaukee.

Ethan was born in Gainesville and has lived in the Starke, Florida, area his entire life. He played basketball for five years and knew he wanted to be a sportswriter when he was in middle school. He’s attended countless Gators athletic events since his early childhood, with baseball being his favorite sport to attend. He’s a proud 2019 graduate of the University of Florida and a 2017 graduate of Santa Fe College. He interned with the University Athletic Association’s communications department for 1 ½ years as a student and has spent the last two football seasons writing for He is a long-suffering fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Rays. You can follow him on Twitter @ehughes97.