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Wednesday October 17, 2012Men's Basketball Ranked 10th in Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida menís basketball team is ranked 10th nationally in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, released on Wednesday. The Gators are coming off a 26-11 record and an Elite Eight appearance in the 2011-12 season, and the team has three starters returning to this yearís squad.

 

Florida has been ranked in the preseason coaches poll in each of the past 13 seasons, and this is the teamís sixth time in the pollís preseason top 10. Florida also received a No. 10 preseason ranking from the coaches last season and ultimately finished the season ranked No. 9.

 

The Gators are slated to face five other teams in the preseason top 25 this year with dates against Kentucky, Arizona, Missouri, Wisconsin and Florida State. In addition, Florida will meet five other teams who received votes, including Kansas State, Tennessee, Marquette, Middle Tennessee and Georgia.

 

The Gatorsí host Nebraska-Kearney in an exhibition game on Nov. 1 (Tickets) before tipping off the regular season on Nov. 9 against Georgetown aboard the USS Bataan in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic presented by Florida Blue.


2012-13 USA Today Coachesí Poll (Preseason)

Rank

Team

(First-Place Votes)

2011-12

Final Ranking

1

Indiana (21)

13

2

Louisville (5)

4

3

*Kentucky (5)

1

4

Ohio State

3

5

Michigan

22

6

North Carolina State

20

7

Kansas

2

8

Duke

14

9

Syracuse

5

10

FLORIDA

9

11

*Arizona

NR

12

North Carolina

6

13

UCLA

NR

14

Michigan State

7

15

Creighton

21

16

Memphis

NR

17

*Missouri

11

18

Baylor

8

19

UNLV

NR

20

San Diego State

NR

21

*Wisconsin

12

22

Gonzaga

NR

23

Notre Dame

NR

24(t)

*Florida State

15

24(t)

Texas

NR

*Florida opponent in 2012-13

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