Gators basketball AWOL in preseason AP Top 25

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Another season of college basketball is less than a month from tipping off, and there are once again a lot of questions surrounding Florida’s squad. Coach Mike White went just 15-10 in Year 6, but that was enough to land in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 7 seed.

The Gators earned a Round 1 win over Virginia Tech, but it was upset by 15-seeded Oral Roberts in the second round. Following that upset, the program lost six players between the draft and the transfer portal.

White hit the portal himself this offseason to bring in four new transfers, and this team will look a lot different than last year’s did. The talent is there, but the team still has a lot of question marks. It’s for that reason that the Gators are unranked in the preseason AP Top 25 and didn’t even receive any votes.

Five SEC teams, on the other hand, are ranked, led by Kentucky at No. 10. The Wildcats had a down season last year but are expected to bounce back, and they’re followed in the rankings by No. 14 Alabama, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 18 Tennessee and No. 22 Auburn.

Florida enters the 2021-22 season with tournament expectations, but it is not expected to be among the top teams in college basketball this year.

Here’s the full top 25.

RANK

TEAM

PV RK

CONF

PTS

1

Gonzaga (0-0)

1

SCC

1,562 (55)

2

UCLA (0-0)

Pac-12

1,459 (8)

3

Kansas (0-0)

12

Big 12

1,427

4

Villanova (0-0)

18

Big East

1,332

5

Texas (0-0)

9

Big 12

1,315

6

Michigan (0-0)

4

Big Ten

1,255

7

Purdue (0-0)

20

Big Ten

1,213

8

Baylor (0-0)

3

Big 12

992

9

Duke (0-0)

ACC

963

10

Kentucky (0-0)

SEC

894

11

Illinois (0-0)

2

Big Ten

861

12

Memphis (0-0)

AAC

831

13

Oregon (0-0)

Pac-12

775

14

Alabama (0-0)

5

SEC

713

15

Houston (0-0)

6

AAC

694

16

Arkansas (0-0)

10

SEC

673

17

Ohio State (0-0)

7

Big Ten

581

18

Tennessee (0-0)

SEC

563

19

UNC (0-0)

ACC

547

20

FSU (0-0)

14

ACC

381

21

Maryland (0-0)

Big Ten

294

22

Auburn (0-0)

SEC

267

23

St. Bonnies (0-0)

Atlantic 10

238

24

UConn (0-0)

Big East

161

25

Virginia (0-0)

15

ACC

125

Others receiving votes:

Michigan State 87, Indiana 41, USC 30, Arizona 26, Virginia Tech 25, Oklahoma State 25, Xavier 22, Texas Tech 17, Richmond 13, Rutgers 11, Colorado State 11, LSU 7, Belmont 7, San Diego State 5, St. John’s 5, Mississippi State 5, Syracuse 5, Drake 4, Colorado 4, BYU 3, Notre Dame 3, Louisville 3

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