Gators up to No. 2 in AP men’s college basketball poll

Florida coach Billy Donovan has his team ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press poll.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

Florida moved up one spot to No. 2 in this week’s Associated Press men’s college basketball poll Monday.

The Gators (23-2, 12-0 SEC) are coming off back-to-back road wins over Tennessee and Kentucky. Florida received one first-place vote in the AP poll, with No. 1 Syracuse receiving the other 64 votes.

It’s UF’s highest ranking since being No. 2 the week of Feb. 4, 2013.

Florida takes a 17-game winning streak into its matchup Wednesday against Auburn at the O’Connell Center.

“Human nature says let’s take it easy, we just had two good wins, everything is going to be fine. Everything’s OK.” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “That’s something you’ve got to constantly battle and fight that every single day.”

Florida’s winning streak matches a school record previously held during the 2006-07 and 2005-06 seasons. The Gators can go for the outright record for longest winning streak in school history with a win over the Tigers.

Donovan said during the news conference that freshman backup point guard Kasey Hill is doubtful for Wednesday’s game against Auburn with a groin injury. Hill will miss practice Monday.

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