With five returning starters and a veteran coach in two-time national champion Billy Donovan, the Florida Gators are being talked about as one of the best teams in the nation this season.

Picked as the preseason favorite to win the SEC Championship, the Gators received more hype when the AP Poll had the Orange and Blue ranked as the country's ninth-best team.

Additionally, Florida is ranked No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.

As mentioned on Gator Raiders, GatorRaid.com will be covering the basketball team as well and we're very excited to start talking some Florida hoops on the show this week.

The Gators kick off the season with an exhibition game tonight against Florida Tech.

Also, here is an interview with ESPN's Andy Katz and Florida guard Chandler Parsons about the Gators' expectations for the 2010-2011 season.