Gators Ranked No. 24 in USA TODAY Coaches Poll

Coming off a 22-win season and a 2016 NCAA Tournament berth, Florida earned recognition throughout the 2015-16 season and that respect continued into 2016-17, as the Gators were voted No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches’ Preseason Poll that was released Thursday.

While Florida has received votes in national preseason polls multiple times in the program’s history, this is just the seventh time in the top-25 at the beginning of the year since the 2001-02 season, when the team began the campaign No 12 in the USA Today ranking and No. 13 in the Associated Press poll.

Gators All-Time in the Preseason Top-25 National Rankings

1994-95: No. 14 in AP; No. 14 in USA Today

1995-96: No. 23 in USA Today

1996-97: No. 21 in AP; No. 21 in USA Today

1997-98: No. 9 in AP; No. 8 in USA Today

1998-99: No. 22 in AP; No. 20 in USA Today

2001-02: No. 13 in AP; No. 12 in USA Today

2016-17: No. 24 in USA Today (AP released Nov. 4)
Southeastern Conference with Six Teams in the Preseason Poll

No. 3 South Carolina

No. 11 Mississippi State

No. 14 Tennessee

No. 19 Kentucky

No. 23 Texas A&M

No. 24 FLORIDA

UF Opponents in the Top-25

Florida will eight games against teams ranked in the top-25.

In tournaments, the Gators could face one additional team (No. 16 Arizona State)

UF will face six other teams that are receiving votes in the top-25

All totaled, the Gators will play 14 games versus teams receiving votes in the preseason poll

When Do They Start

The Gators play South Alabama in their season-opener on November 11 at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville

Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. ET and is the first game of a Gator Basketball doubleheader, with the UF men’s team tipping off at 7:30 p.m.

Florida will play its first 12 games on the road due to a $64.5 million renovation of the Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center, which is slated to be completed in mid-December.

The Gator’s home opener is set for December 28 against Southeastern Louisiana.

2016-17 USA Today Coaches Poll – Preseason
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (18) 0-0 755
2 Notre Dame (8) 0-0 739
3 South Carolina (3) 0-0 712
4 Baylor (2) 0-0 709
5 Maryland 0-0 603
6 Ohio State 0-0 594
6 Texas (1) 0-0 594
8 Louisville 0-0 586
9 UCLA 0-0 481
10 Stanford 0-0 467
11 Mississippi State 0-0 446
12 Florida State 0-0 431
13 Syracuse 0-0 394
14 Tennessee 0-0 360
15 Washington 0-0 352
16 Arizona State 0-0 321
17 Oregon State 0-0 255
18 Oklahoma 0-0 235
19 Kentucky 0-0 227
20 Miami 0-0 179
21 DePaul 0-0 173
22 Michigan State 0-0 167
23 Texas A&M 0-0 123
24 Florida 0-0 101
25 West Virginia 0-0 76
  • Others receiving votes: South Florida 65, Indiana 51, South Dakota State 38, Missouri 17, Colorado State 17, Duke 16, Auburn 14, Western Kentucky 10, Michigan 10, Creighton 10, St John’s 9, Green Bay 7, Oklahoma State 7, Northwestern 7, Penn 6, NC State 5, Georgia 5, California 4, Temple 4, BYU 3, Iowa 3, Oregon 2, Duquesne 2, Gonzaga 2, George Washington 2, Georgia Tech 1, Drake 1, Troy 1, Tulane 1

 

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