Gators drop to No. 15 in AP basketball rankings

Florida State guard M.J. Walker drives to the basket around Florida guard Ques Glover during the first half Sunday in Gainesville. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

Florida took the week’s biggest tumble Monday in the Associated Press rankings, falling nine spots to No. 15 after a loss to Florida State.

Kentucky climbed to No. 1 in the poll.

The Wildcats rose one spot after winning a 1-vs-2 matchup with Michigan State to open the season in the Champions Classic, followed by an easy win against Eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky (2-0) earned 64 of 65 first-place votes in Monday’s poll, marking the first time the Wildcats have reached No. 1 since early in the 2016-17 season.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 10, 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. Kentucky (64) 2-0 1622 2
2. Duke 2-0 1538 4
3. Michigan St. 1-1 1451 1
4. Louisville (1) 2-0 1425 5
5. Kansas 1-1 1354 3
6. North Carolina 2-0 1187 9
7. Maryland 2-0 1166 7
8. Gonzaga 2-0 1136 8
9. Virginia 2-0 1134 11
10. Villanova 1-0 1064 10
11. Texas Tech 2-0 888 13
12. Seton Hall 2-0 869 12
13. Memphis 2-0 828 14
14. Oregon 2-0 804 15
15. Florida 1-1 616 6
16. Ohio St. 2-0 544 18
17. Utah St. 2-0 507 17
18. Saint Mary’s 1-0 438 20
19. Arizona 2-0 415 21
20. Washington 1-0 373
21. Xavier 2-0 370 19
22. Auburn 2-0 247 24
23. LSU 1-0 237 22
24. Baylor 1-1 179 16
25. Colorado 1-0 151

Others receiving votes: VCU 137, Florida St. 112, Texas 95, Marquette 67, Tennessee 49, Providence 23, Purdue 21, Houston 18, Utah 14, Missouri 13, Arkansas 11, Mississippi St. 9, Georgetown 4, Liberty 3, San Diego St. 2, Creighton 1, Dayton 1, Northeastern 1, Vermont 1.



  1. #15 may be too high, actually. But Kansas, in all their ”Adidas-style recruiting glory,” is the highest 1 loss team after U.F., so there’s that… Ultimately though, U.F. Basketball needs an OFFENSE, any offense please! And play some dang ‘D’ against the 3 point shooters (see UNF and FSU game). Go Gators! Just… GEL!

  2. You have to admit that FSU runs a pretty good zone defense or were they? If they were, then I am forced to admit that the Gators are not paying attention to what Coach White is teaching because they did not do any of the things that are used to beat a zone. Standing around with the ball and hoping that somehow you are going to beat the zone or otherwise get open ain’t going to do it. And if I missed it and FSU wasn’t running a zone, then it’s worse because you definitely can’t get open if you don’t move without the ball. And the Gators did not do anything to beat either defense, whatever my shortcomings in observation about what FSU was doing. Commenting about how high Florida should be ranked is pointless. Rankings don’t mean anything if you don’t play the game the way it should be played. They need to do a lot more work. And Andrew Nembhard may have talent, but there is a reason why he didn’t go in the draft. As good as he passes, he hasn’t learned to play the game yet. Physically he may be better than Chris Ciozza, but so far he can’t carry Ciozza’s shoes when it comes to leading the team.

    • I think you’re right, GBarnett1, but remember, Chiozza never beat FSU, either. Still, four guys standing around watching Nembhard dribble isn’t going to produce many open shots. If these guys don’t figure it out soon, they’ll be like the ’17-’18 team that beat Gonzaga and pushed Duke to the limit in the PK 80 tournament, then lost to Loyola and FSU and went from top 10 to unranked in a two-week span.

  3. A lot of talent for the Gators. A lot of teamwork and unselfish play–No. No backdoor screens, no weakside rotation, no frontdoor screens and NO work done by Nembhard to establish an offense. Nembs needs to get it going or he will be going to the bench–in my opinion. If this keeps up all season, somebody will be going, and it could be White.

  4. Blackshear and Johnson are the only 2 guys who can score. Nembs is rapidly becoming a dud as point guard. No speed, no dribble drive score or pass, no screens, no set-ups. Unless something changes AS A TEAM, these guys won’t be winning at Butler, Providence, St. Francis, etc. I hope White can correct this “ME SHOOT FIRST” attitude because going 7-37 from 3 pt. range is NOT GOING TO WIN you many SEC or non-conference games. This team, as presently constituted, is looking at a 10-win season. Key phrase “as presently constituted,” and as presently playing.