Blue Ribbon Magazine released its own preseason college basketball Top 25 on Tuesday, and they ranked the Florida Gators No. 8 in the country.
Blue Ribbon Magazine previews all 351 Division I teams.
- Others SEC Teams Ranked In Top 25 -
The Kentucky Wildcats were ranked No. 5 while Alabama was ranked No. 24 in the country.
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The SEC has announced its television and tip times for the Florida Gators upcoming 2017-18 basketball season.
Florida is going to get a lot national exposure this year.
4 Games will be On CBS
6 Games will be on SEC Network
8 Games will either be on ESPN or ESPN2
- Florida's TV Schedule Down Below -
Nov. 5 Sunday TAMPA (EXH.) GAINESVILLE 2 p.m.
Nov. 13 Monday GARDNER-WEBB GAINESVILLE7 p.m.ESPNU
Nov. 16 Thursday NORTH FLORIDA GAINESVILLE
Nov. 19 Sunday NEW HAMPSHIRE (PK80) GAINESVILLE
Nov. 23ThursdayStanford (PK80)Portland, Ore.10 p.m.ESPN2
Nov. 24FridayGonzaga/Ohio State (PK80)Portland, Ore.9/11 p.m.ESPN2
Nov. 26SundayButler/Duke/Port. St./Texas (PK80)Portland, Ore.
Dec. 4 Monday FLORIDA STATE GAINESVILLE 9 p.m.ESPN2
Dec. 6 Wednesday LOYOLA CHICAGOGAINESVILLE
Dec. 9SaturdayCincinnati (Never Forget Tribute)Newark, N.J.
Dec. 16SaturdayClemson (Orange Bowl Classic)Sunrise, Fla.4:30 p.m.FS2/FSFL
Dec. 20 Wednesday JAMES MADISON GAINESVILLE
Dec. 22 Friday INCARNATE WORD GAINESVILLE
Jan. 2TuesdayTexas A&MColl. Station, Texas9 p.m.ESPN
Jan. 6SaturdayMissouriColumbia, Mo.1 p.m.CBS
Jan. 10 Wednesday MISSISSIPPI STATE GAINESVILLE 7 p.m.SEC Net.
Jan. 13SaturdayOle MissOxford, Miss.1 p.m.CBS
Jan. 17 Wednesday ARKANSAS GAINESVILLE 7p.m.ESPN2
Jan. 20SaturdayKentuckyLexington, Ky.8:15 p.m.ESPN
Jan. 24 Wednesday SOUTH CAROLINA GAINESVILLE 7 p.m.SEC Net.
Jan. 27 Saturday BAYLOR (SEC/B12)GAINESVILLE 12 p.m.ESPN
Jan. 30TuesdayGeorgiaAthens, Ga.7 p.m.SEC Net.
Feb. 3 Saturday ALABAMA GAINESVILLE 4 p.m.ESPN/2
Feb. 7 Wednesday LSU GAINESVILLE 6:30 p.m.SEC Net.
Feb. 10SaturdaySouth CarolinaColumbia, S.C.12 p.m.CBS
Feb. 14 Wednesday GEORGIA GAINESVILLE 9 p.m.SEC Net.
Feb. 17SaturdayVanderbiltNashville, Tenn.4 p.m.ESPN/2
Feb. 21WednesdayTennesseeKnoxville, Tenn.9 p.m.ESPN2
Feb. 24 Saturday AUBURN GAINESVILLE 8:30 p.m.SEC Net.
Feb. 27TuesdayAlabamaTuscaloosa, Ala.7 p.m.ESPN/2
March 3 Saturday KENTUCKY GAINESVILLE 12 p.m.CBS
March 7-11SEC TournamentSt. Louis, Mo.
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The 2017-18 Florida Gators are a lot younger than expected. Of the 13 players on the roster, seven of them have yet to experience real action in the O’Connell Center.
This will put some pressure on Florida basketball head coach Mike White going into the season.
The Gators currently face some questions with this new team.
Who Florida loss:
Florida graduated guard Kasey Kill
Florida graduated forward Justin Leon
Florida graduated center Schuyler Rimmer
Florida forward Devin Robinson declared for the NBA Draft
Florida senior Canyon Barry - NCAA eligibility ran out
Florida guard Eric Hester transferred to Akron
That's a lot of missing pieces to the puzzle going into the season and leader must step up for Florida.
- Who Needs To Step Up -
Florida Junior guard KeVaughn Allen, who averaged a team-high 14 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting, will have to take on an even bigger scoring role as well as more ball-handling opportunities.
I expect senior point guard Chris Chiozza to step up as well, this current roster has a lot of inexperienced guards.
With redshirt senior center John Egbunu out until January at the earliest, Florida will need some big's to step up and be consistent for the Gators.
I say Florida sophomore center Gorjok Gak and Florida freshmen Isiah Stokes, because Kevarrius Hayes will most likely start for the Gators.
- New Players -
Florida's new players will have bigger roles as well and some will need to step up to give the Gators that much needed energy off the bench.
Guard Jalen Hudson averaged 7.7 points against ACC competition when he was playing for Virginia Tech.
Florida Graduate transfer Egor Koulechov averaged 18.2 points per contest and a deadly shooter from distance.
Florida freshman forward Isaiah Stokes was highly ranked 60th in the 2017 class according to ESPN.
Those three players need to step up for Florida this season.
Who needs time to adjust to the College Level:
Freshman forward Chase Johnson
Guuard Mike Okauru
Guard Deaundrae Ballard
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Athlon Releases Top 20 Teams In College basketball
20. Seton Hall
14. Texas A&M
11. North Carolina
10. West Virginia
9. Wichita State
2. Michigan State
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Florida graduate transfer forward Egor Koulechov and center Gorjok Gak both finished off with some strong performances at the World University Games in Taiwan.
Florida forward Ego Koulechov averaged 15.1 points and 4.8 rebounds over 8 games, his team finished 6th place.
Center Gorjok Gak averaged 11.1 points and 8.3 rebounds over 8 games, his team Team finished 9th place.
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The Florida Gators Basketball Program has released broadcast information for two games for the 2017-18 basketball season.
The Florida Gators will take on the GWU Men's basketball team on November 13th at 7:00 PM ET. The game will be held in Gainesville, Fla at EXACTECH ARENA AT STEPHEN C. O'CONNELL CENTER and can be seen on ESPNU.
The game is also the season opener for the Gators.
The Florida Gators will take on Florida State on December 4th at 9:00 PM ET. The game will be held in Gainesville, Fla at EXACTECH ARENA AT STEPHEN C. O'CONNELL CENTER and can be seen on ESPN2.
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The nine-member class, which will be honored at an induction ceremony on Sept. 15 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, was announced by the University of Florida F Club and Gator Boosters, Inc. on Thursday.
Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer — the trio that guided the Gators to back-to-back national championships in men’s basketball in 2006-07 — are among the group that features several national champions and All-America athletes.
Also in the distinguished group is receiver Jacquez Green, a member of Florida’s first national championship in football in 1996 and a First-Team All-American in 1997. Matt LaPorta, a two-time SEC Player of the Year, was also honored.
Men’s golf will be represented in a big way with the induction of coach Buddy Alexander, who led the program to two national crowns and eight SEC titles. One of the golfers during his 27-year tenure, Matt Every, will join him. Every won the 2006 Ben Hogan Award for Most Outstanding Collegiate Golfer.
Standouts in women’s tennis and volleyball round out the class.
Alexis Gordon was a four-time First-Team All-American in women’s tennis and a member of the Gators’ 2003 national championship team. Benavia Jenkins was a three-time First-Team All-American in volleyball.
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Florida Gator players center Gorjok Gak and grad forward Egor Koulechov both played well at the World University Games in Taiwan this week.
Gorjok Gak played for Team Australia:
Gorjok Gak had 16 points and 7 rebounds in 24 minutes on Wednesday against Team Israel.
Egor Koulechov played for team Israel:
Egor Koulechov had 24 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes on Wednesday against Team Australia.
Information from Gator Sports
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Here is a look at the Gator’s full SEC schedule
Florida home games are in bold:
Dec. 30 Vanderbilt
Jan. 2 Texas A&M
Jan. 6 Missouri
Jan. 10 Mississippi State
Jan. 13 Ole Miss
Jan. 17 Arkansas
Jan. 20 Kentucky
Jan. 23 South Carolina
Jan. 30 Georgia
Feb. 3 Alabama
Feb. 7 LSU
Feb. 10 South Carolina
Feb. 14 Georgia
Feb. 17 Vanderbilt
Feb. 21 Tennessee
Feb. 24 Auburn
Feb. 27 Alabama
Mar. 3 Kentucky
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Updated look at the Florida Gators Men's Baskeball 2017-18 schedule.
— Nov. 5, Tampa (exhibition) O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Nov. 13 Gardner-Webb O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Nov. 16 UNF O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Nov. 19 New Hampshire O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Nov. 23 Stanford PK 80/Portland, Ore.
— Nov. 24 Gonzaga or Ohio State PK 80/Portland, Ore
— Nov. 26 Duke/Texas/Butler/Portland St. PK 80/Portland, Ore.
— Dec. 4 Florida State O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Dec. 6 Loyola-Chicago O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Dec. 9 Cincinnati Never Forget Tribute Classic/Newark, N.J.
— Dec. 16 Clemson Orange Bowl Classic/Sunrise
— Dec. 20 James Madison O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Dec. 22 Incarnate Word O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Dec. 30 Vanderbilt O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Jan. 2 at Texas A&M Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
— Jan. 6 at Missouri Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.
— Jan. 10 Mississippi State O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Jan. 13 at Mississippi The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss.
— Jan. 17 Arkansas O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Jan. 20 at Kentucky Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
— Jan. 23 South Carolina O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Jan. 27 Baylor O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Jan. 30 at Georgia Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
— Feb. 3 Alabama O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Feb. 7 LSU O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Feb. 10, at South Carolina Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.
— Feb. 14 Georgia O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Feb. 17 at Vanderbilt Memorial Gym, Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 21 at Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.
— Feb. 24 Auburn O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
— Feb. 27 at Alabama Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
— March 3 Kentucky O’Connell Center/Exactech Arena
Television and start times still have not been determined.
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Justin Stinson is a blogger who covers the Florida Gators, he mainly covers Football and basketball. He's also an recruiting analyst and a podcast host on the Gator Touch.