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Gators up to 13th, FSU down to 19th in AP Top 25 poll

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Both Florida and Florida State remained in the top 20 in this week’s AP Top 25 college basketball poll. But they are heading in opposite directions. The Gators (22-5) won their seventh and eighth consecutive games during the week to climb into the 13th position in the poll. They were 15th a week ago. Both of Florida’s wins against Auburn and Mississippi State during the past week were on the road. The Seminoles, on the other hand played only one…

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Gators playing the best basketball in the state right now

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This week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll conveys a basic truth for basketball in the state of Florida. The Florida Gators are playing better as a team than the more talented Florida State Seminoles. Following a tougher-than-expected challenge at home from Texas A&M, which Florida won 71-62, the Gators moved up two spots to No. 15. The Gators (20-5) also won on the road at Georgia during the week. Amazingly, Florida State fell only three positions following a disastrous performance…

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Gators rewarded, Seminoles dissed in AP Top 25 poll

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For those paying attention to polls, Florida Gators fans should be glad while Florida State Seminoles followers should be mad. The Gators surged to the No. 17 position in the AP Top 25 poll, while Florida State moved up one spot to the 14th position. Both teams won their two games since the last poll, but only one appears to have impressed poll voters. The Gators had two huge wins over the week. A 39-point win over Missouri and a…

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Gators becoming state’s second basketball powerhouse

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For the past month, talk of college basketball in the Sunshine State has been dominated by the Florida State Seminoles. Over the past two weeks, the Florida Gators have emphatically joined the conversation. Saturday’s convincing 88-66 win over No. 8 Kentucky will lift a few eyebrows just a few weeks before March Madness begins. It is no exaggeration to say the Gators, ranked at No. 24 for now, overwhelmed the Wildcats in ways many thought not possible. Kentucky came into…

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High-flying ‘Noles, road warrior Gators offer entertaining basketball

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While their bowl games are still about three weeks away, the athletic departments at both Florida and Florida State each have other quality products to showcase. Each of their men’s basketball teams have something to prove in 2016-17. At the top of the to-do list is making the NCAA Tournament, something that has eluded both. Florida has missed the Big Dance the last two seasons while Florida State is enduring a four-year drought. The Gators have been ranked in the…

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FAU humbled by Western Kentucky 52-3

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The Florida Atlantic Owls had a week off to get ready for Western Kentucky. In the end, the Hilltoppers were more than ready as they thumped FAU 52-3 in Boca Raton. It did not take long for Western Kentucky to take charge in this game. Quarterback Mike White passed for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as they took a 24-3 lead at halftime. White finished with 307 yards and three touchdowns. The Hilltoppers had…

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Gators come up short against Texas A&M

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The Florida Gators willed themselves to a victory over Arkansas in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville. They gave top-seeded Texas A&M all they could handle, but finally fell to the Aggies 72-66. Injured center John Egbunu again tried to lead his team to victory, but his effort, and that of his team, fell short. Egbunu, who tore a ligament in his right thumb earlier in the week, again gutted it out, but fouled out late in…

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