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College Basketball Rankings: Florida Improves To No. 10

Wins against Mississippi Valley State and Florida State boosted the Gators to the top 10 for the first time since Nov. 28.

The Florida Gators's recent wins against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils and Florida State Seminoles were enough to boost them one spot to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball rankings poll. Florida returns to the top 10 for the first time since Nov. 28.

The nine teams presently ahead of Florida did not change from a week ago, with the lone exception being the No. 8 Missouri Tigers (12-0) switching spots with the No. 9 Connecticut Huskies (10-1).

The Syracuse Orange (13-0) continue to lead the nation and garnered 54 of a possible 65 first-place votes. The Ohio St. Buckeyes (12-1), Kentucky Wildcats (11-1), Louisville Cardinals (12-0), and North Carolina Tar Heels (11-2) round out the top five.

Florida's lone losses in the 2011/12 season to date have come against Syracuse and Ohio State. Its season continues Thursday against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-5), followed by a game Saturday against the Yale Elis (8-2).

For more on the Gators, please visit Alligator Army, SB Nation's UF blog.

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