Gators slip a spot in Basketball Power Index during bye week

The Gators are getting a much-needed breather this week between their road loss at the Texas A&M Aggies and their upcoming game with the Auburn Tigers on Saturday. Despite the lack of action, Florida is still moving in the college basketball objective rankings.

In ESPN’s latest Basketball Power Index update following the victory, Todd Golden’s team remained in the same spot as our last update at No. 28 overall. However, on Wednesday, Florida found itself at No. 29 between the No. 28 Cincinnati Bearcats and No. 30 Clemson Tigers.

Florida’s BPI rating — a measurement of a team’s true strength moving forward — rose 0.2 points to 11.1. The offensive BPI increased 0.1 points to 7.8 and the defensive BPI remained steady at 3.2.

The win-loss projection increased ever-so-slightly to 20.5-10.5, with an also slightly improved 10.5-7.5 prediction for the conference schedule. ESPN gives Florida a distant 0.4% chance to win the Southeastern Conference while the remaining strength of schedule ranks at No. 57.

The Gators will return home to host Auburn inside the O’Connell Center on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tipoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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