Florida Basketball: Week 8 USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll results – Gators Wire

It comes as no surprise that Florida is nowhere to be found on the Week 8 update to the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.
In the week since the last update, Florida played just one game, a 9-point loss to Oklahoma in Charlotte on Tuesday, Dec. 20. It’s far from Florida’s worst loss of the season, but it’s going to take a significant win for the Gators to muster up any support from the Coaches Poll voters.
Currently, six SEC programs are in the top 25: No. 7 Arkansas, No. 9 Alabama, No. 10 Tennessee, No.17 Kentucky, No. 20 Mississippi State and No. 23 Auburn. Missouri rounds out the top half of the conference and has 19 votes to its name.
As conference play begins, Florida has a few early opportunities to prove itself. Auburn is the next opponent on the schedule and the last game of the calendar year. A win over the Tigers on Wednesday could be the start of something, and then Florida has two very winnable games against Texas A&M and Georgia. The UGA game will also be Mike White’s return to Gainesville.
Here’s a full look at the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll for men’s basketball.
Ohio State 70; North Carolina 56; Virginia Tech 50; Memphis 27; New Mexico 26; Missouri 19; Iowa State 17; Kansas State 15; San Diego St. 13; Charleston 12; Arizona State 9; Southern California 7; Providence 7; Marquette 6; Saint Mary’s 5; Florida Atlantic 5; Texas Tech 4; Rutgers 4; Michigan St. 4; Utah St. 2; Iowa 2.
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