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Published:   |   Updated: July 9, 2013 at 07:10 PM

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Fresh off impressive wins against Florida State, then-No. 2 Michigan State and Rutgers, Florida jumped from unranked to 13th in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Needless to say, the start has created a lot of excitement that maybe the Gators, 6-0 going into tonight's home game against Florida A&M, are on the way back.

"Failures and disappointments are always a lot easier to handle than successes," UF coach Billy Donovan said. "Because you have human nature that all of a sudden automatically creeps into that stuff. Generally when you're going through adversity it's pretty clear, you have one thing to do: You've got to fight, you've got to battle, you've got to keep on working. It's pretty clear cut.

"But how do you manage when you have a level of success? How many people in this world have made a lot of money and have lost it all and they regain their wealth? Those are the experiences of learning."

UF won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007 but spent the past two years in the NIT. The Gators were last ranked on Jan. 19 after starting the 2008-09 season 16-2.

Florida State (6-1), coming off its tourney title at the Old Spice Classic, played its way into the poll at 21st.

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