Gators drop out of Top 25 basketball poll

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Florida's Kerry Blackshear Jr., right, shoots against Connecticut's Josh Carlton during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game,Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Florida dropped out of the Associated Press college basketball rankings Monday. The Gators went from No. 6 to open the season, to No. 15 last week after losing to FSU to others-receiving-votes category after the 2-2 start.

Florida had a precipitous drop after losing 62-59 at Connecticut on Sunday.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Duke (52) 4-0 1608 2
2. Louisville (8) 4-0 1501 4
3. Michigan St. (4) 2-1 1496 3
4. Kansas 2-1 1389 5
5. North Carolina 3-0 1262 6
6. Maryland 3-0 1240 7
7. Virginia (1) 3-0 1232 9
8. Gonzaga 4-0 1227 8
9. Kentucky 2-1 1110 1
10. Ohio St. 3-0 1006 16
11. Oregon 4-0 998 14
12. Texas Tech 3-0 947 11
13. Seton Hall 3-1 837 12
14. Arizona 4-0 644 19
15. Utah St. 4-0 619 17
16. Memphis 3-1 574 13
17. Villanova 2-1 560 10
18. Xavier 4-0 463 21
19. Auburn 4-0 420 22
20. Tennessee 3-0 402
21. VCU 4-0 365
22. Texas 4-0 238
23. Colorado 2-0 208 25
24. Baylor 2-1 179 24
25. Washington 2-1 150 20

Others receiving votes: Florida St. 91, Florida 67, LSU 61, Saint Mary’s 55, Evansville 43, Oklahoma 29, Vermont 11, Michigan 11, Marquette 11, Purdue 11, Butler 10, Mississippi St. 9, Virginia Tech 7, West Virginia 6, Providence 5, Wisconsin 5, Liberty 4, Arkansas 3, Missouri 2, UConn 2, Southern Cal 2, New Mexico 2, San Diego St. 2, Dayton 1.

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  1. Gators offensive woes continue. Too much talent for such underwhelming performances. UConn was giving up 81.5 PPG entering their contest with UF. We made them look like defensive stalwarts. What is the problem? Offensive efficiency has trended down last year and so far this year. Hope the Gator coaching staff can adjust and improve their offensive performances. I’m not convinced they are capable. Show me. Otherwise, we are left to examine only what we can see and

    Mike White Stat History UF

    Year. Offense PPG. Defense PPG

    2015-16. 74.4. 68.9

    2016-17. 77.9. 66.5

    2017-18. 75.8. 69.2

    2018-19. 67.8. 63.6

    2018-20(4 games). 62.5. 61.0

    First 3 years show fairly consistent numbers in offensive and defensive stats with a 6-8 pt difference in offense and defense PPG. However, offensive production drops 8 points between year 3 and 4 and that was with quite a few experienced shooters on roster. Defensive points allowed drops 5.6 points which probably is the result of change in style of play(slower pace with less scoring opportunities for opponents). I couldn’t hope but notice this drop in offensive efficiency coincided with the departure of Dusty May (assistant coach ) to be the head coach at FAU. He led FAU to their first winning season in 8 years in his first year. There could be a myriad of reasons for the Gator’s offensive futility recently including schedule strength, team chemistry, player offensive talent etc. However, I surmise it could be lack of offensive talent on the coaching staff. Just food for thought.
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    • Well, consider this. The 2016-17 team beat Gonzaga in the PK 80 tournament and took Duke to the wire, rising into the top 10. Then, they promptly lost to Loyola and FSU, and were completely out of the rankings in two weeks. Still, in the two subsequent recruiting classes, White landed three 5 stars and three 4 stars and brought in the #1 grad transfer in the country. It doesn’t have to hurt recruiting, but if he doesn’t turn things around, and this season ends up mediocre or worse, it certainly could. With one more mediocre season after that, it almost certainly will.

        • I agree that persistent mediocrity shouldn’t be tolerated. It has to be understood, though, that every team will experience down years. History has proven that, but mediocrity during rebuilding years can’t be allowed to linger for very long. My point is simply that going from highly ranked to un-ranked in two weeks won’t necessarily ruin the next recruiting classes.