Mike White’s Florida Gators men’s basketball team has some enormous expectations after a surprise run to the Elite Eight last year.

The Gators are ranked #8 in the preseason AP Poll released on Wednesday. Florida was voted #7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll two weeks ago.

2017 PRESEASON AP POLL:

  1. DUKE
  2. MICHIGAN STATE
  3. ARIZONA
  4. KANSAS
  5. KENTUCKY
  6. VILLANOVA
  7. WICHITA STATE
  8. FLORIDA
  9. NORTH CAROLINA
  10. SOUTHERN CAL
  11. WEST VIRGINIA
  12. CINCINNATI
  13. MIAMI
  14. NOTRE DAME
  15. MINNESOTA
  16. LOUISVILLE
  17. XAVIER
  18. GONZAGA
  19. NORTHWESTERN
  20. PURDUE
  21. UCLA
  22. ST. MARY’S
  23. SETON HALL
  24. BAYLOR
  25. TEXAS A&M

Florida is scheduled to play #5 Kentucky (twice), #12 Cincinnati, #24 Baylor, and #25 Texas A&M in the regular season this year. Florida also has possible matchups against #1 Duke and #18 Gonzaga in the Phil Knight 80 tournament.

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