Where Florida stands in the KenPom rankings after beating Missouri

Florida might not have received any votes in the latest AP Top 25 or Coaches Poll updates, but the Gators aren’t doing too poorly on the 2023 Pomeroy College Basketball Rankings (KenPom).

UF sits at No. 44 on the rankings and has relied on solid defensive play to get there. The Gators have an adjusted offensive efficiency of 107.0, which is only good for 110th in the country, and an adjusted defensive rating of 92.3, which ranks 14th overall. The difference between the two, +14.72, is what the KenPom ratings boil down to and why Florida is more favored, so to speak, on this list compared to others.

Florida plays a fairly difficult schedule. In fact, it’s the 26th toughest schedule in Division I hoops, according to KenPom. The non-conference strength of schedule isn’t quite as bad at No. 78 overall, but that’s still a tough draw for a team with a first-year coach and in the middle of a rebuild.

It hasn’t been the easiest season for Gators fans, but the numbers suggest they shouldn’t give up just yet. Todd Golden has put together one of the better defensive teams in the country, in terms of efficiency, and the Gators have had some pretty bad luck too. No, really, Florida’s luck rating ranks in the bottom 11% of all 358 D-I programs considered.

The Gators can improve their numbers this week with efficient wins against Texas A&M and Mississippi State.

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