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Florida rises to No. 15 in AP Poll

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The Gators are creeping closer to the top 10.

NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at Florida Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators men’s basketball team is up to No. 15 in this week’s AP Top 25, released Monday — their highest ranking of the season and, thus, of the Mike White era.

The Gators moved up two spots from No. 17 after a third straight unbeaten week. Florida downed Georgia on the road on Tuesday, then topped Texas A&M at home on Saturday in the last of three noon home games this regular season.

Florida is still ranked behind No. 13 Kentucky, which it defeated two Saturdays ago. The only other currently ranked teams Florida has faced this year are the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs, No. 12 Duke Blue Devils, and No. 17 Florida State Seminoles, which slipped below the Gators for the first time in more than a month after a Saturday loss at Notre Dame.

The AP Poll — which has little to no bearing on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee’s decision-making — may like the Gators least of the major ranking systems in college basketball. As of Monday morning, Florida is No. 6 in Ken Pomeroy’s tempo-adjusted efficiency rankings, and No. 10 in RPI — and the Gators were slotted in as the No. 11 overall seed and on the No. 3 seed line in the Selection Committee’s initial rankings release of the 2016-17 season on Saturday.

Here’s the full AP Top 25 for the week of February 13, 2017.

AP Poll for February 13, 2017

RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD Prev
RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD Prev
1 Gonzaga (60) 1,620 26-0 1
2 Villanova (5) 1,564 24-2 2
3 Kansas 1,493 22-3 3
4 Baylor 1,394 22-3 6
5 Arizona 1,301 23-3 9
6 UCLA 1,276 23-3 10
7 Oregon 1,229 22-4 5
8 Louisville 1,204 20-5 4
9 West Virginia 1,012 20-5 13
10 North Carolina 1,005 21-5 8
11 Wisconsin 868 21-4 7
12 Duke 857 20-5 18
13 Kentucky 854 20-5 15
14 Virginia 825 18-6 12
15 Florida 717 20-5 17
16 Purdue 682 20-5 16
17 Florida State 665 21-5 14
18 Cincinnati 634 22-3 11
19 SMU 415 22-4 25
20 Creighton 298 21-4 23
21 South Carolina 296 20-5 19
22 Saint Mary's (Cal) 269 22-3 20
23 Maryland 136 21-4 21
24 Butler 129 19-6 22
25 Notre Dame 122 19-7 NR