The ESPN/USA Today Coaches Preseason Top 25 is out and UALR opponents Florida and Memphis are ranked. Here's what they said about both:
8. Florida (29-8)
Points: 550. Previous ranking: 9. Outlook: At full strength, the Gators will be well positioned to advance to their fourth consecutive Elite Eight (or beyond), but their autumn has been shrouded in uncertainty. Scottie Wilbekin was suspended indefinitely because of unspecified team violations, and Rutgers transfer Eli Carter and Will Yeguete continue to recover from injuries. Florida last season was one of only two teams — Louisville the other — to finish in the top 10 in offensive and defensive efficiency. Gone are the top three scorers, but Billy Donovan has enough depth and experience for another deep tournament run. Opens: Nov. 8 vs. North Florida.
13. Memphis (31-5)
Points: 334. Previous ranking: 18. Outlook: Having departed Conference USA, the Tigers' path to a league title will be much more treacherous in the American Athletic. But this is the deepest team in Josh Pastner's tenure, which enters its fifth season. A masterful recruiter, Pastner hauled in a banner class that includes frontcourt gem Austin Nichols. Add returning guards in seniors Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford, and it's time for Memphis to advance deep in the NCAAs. Opens: Nov. 8 vs. Christian Brothers.
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