Florida drops to No. 22 in AP Top 25

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Florida's Kevarrius Hayes (13) looks to take a shot as (13) Cincinnati's Kyle Washington (24) and Gary Clark (11) defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Newark, N.J. Florida won 66-60. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A rough week that included losses to unranked Florida State and Loyola-Chicago caused Florida to drop significantly in the AP Top 25.

The Gators (6-3) tumbled 17 spots to No. 22 in this week’s men’s college basketball poll.

Florida salvaged a tough week with a 66-60 win over No. 17 Cincinnati on Saturday at the Never Forget Tribute Classic in Newark, N.J. — a win that allowed UF to remain in the polls.

Florida next plays Saturday against Clemson (4 p.m., FS2) at the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise.

Villanova (10-0) is the new No. 1 in the poll after Duke’s loss to Boston College on Saturday. Michigan State is No. 2 and¬†Wichita State is No. 3.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Thank heavens. Expectations were far exceeding the ability of this team to deliver.

    There’s been a lot of changes and time needed to sort out team dynamics and roles. There’s also a lot of young players on this team. It’s too early in the season to expect the ability to win every night, especially against top 20, non-conference teams that are big and aggressive in the post.

    Mississippi State played their first competitive game tonight. We’ve already had 4 or 5 tough games.

    The Gators have done well to compete with small ball. They will not be complete until Egbunu comes back. Playing competitively now without him will make them much better when he returns.