While some thought Florida might take a step back after losing Bradley Beal and Erving Walker, Erik Murphy's much-improved game could keep the Gators among the nation's elite.
Scottie Wilbekin's return from suspension should also help.
Wilbekin will be available for the first time Sunday as No. 10 Florida and Middle Tennessee square off in Tampa.
Wilbekin was reinstated Friday after a team-imposed ban held him out of three games - including Florida's canceled season opener against Georgetown aboard the USS Bataan. The junior entered this season as the starting point guard but is expected to come off the bench Sunday.
"He certainly paid a price of missing three games," coach Billy Donovan said. "I felt like it was time to let him come back and start practicing and be part of our team.
"I think right now he needs to move forward ... and if he does that, he has the opportunity to earn back what he's lost."
The Gators (2-0) haven't missed a beat without Wilbekin, cruising to an 84...