Florida Basketball: The 5 Toughest Games on the Gators’ Out-of-Conference Schedule

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Toughest Games on Florida Gators' Out-of-Conference Schedule

Florida
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The Florida Gators may have a very good team for the 2012-13 college basketball season, but they also have a very tough schedule. Missouri and Texas A&M will be apart of the SEC this season, which will certainly increase the conference’s depth. So, the SEC will likely be one of the best conferences in all of college basketball, but the Gators will have to get through their very tough out-of-conference schedule first.

If Florida can run the tables in their out-of-conference schedule, there is no reason why they won’t be a top-five team in the country.

So, let’s take a look at the five toughest games for the Gators when it comes to their out-of-conference schedule. Keep in mind that games against Central Florida and Georgetown don’t even make the list.

This could be a good or bad thing for Florida.

Read on to find out the toughest games on the Gators’ out-of-conference schedule.

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Wisconsin Badgers

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The Wisconsin Badgers will return pretty much everyone from last year’s Sweet 16 team, except for Jordan Taylor. Although losing Taylor is a huge loss, the Badgers will have plenty of talent on their team.

Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren will lead the charge for Wisconsin, but incoming freshman Sam Dekker should make an instant impact on the team.

The Gators will have a lot more fire power than Wisconsin, but the Badgers have a very stingy defense.

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Marquette Golden Eagles

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Marquette had two of the best players in the Big East last season in Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, both of those players are no longer on the team.

However, the rest of the team will be back, so Marquette shouldn't slump too much. Look for Vander Blue to lead this team in the upcoming season, but expect the Golden Eagles to have a pretty balanced attack.

Marquette and Florida met up in the Sweet 16 last year, but the Gators won that battle by the score of 68-58.

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Florida State Seminoles

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The matchup between Florida and Florida State is never a boring one. Really either team could win at any given time in this rivalry.

Florida State was a great defensive team last season and it will be a great defensive team in the upcoming season. The Seminoles lost a couple of people from last year’s team, but most of their starting five will be back, including Michael Snaer. Snaer led the team in scoring last year, with 14 points per game.

Remember that this team did win the ACC tournament last season. However, Florida won last year’s matchup by the score of 82-64.

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Arizona Wildcats

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Arizona has tremendous talent on its team, but that has been the case in the past couple of seasons for the Wildcats.

Xavier transfer Mark Lyons was a huge pickup to go along with Solomon Hill and Nick Johnson. Not to mention, Arizona did have one of the best recruiting classes last season and some of its incoming freshman could make a huge impact on the team.

The Wildcats are a Final Four team. That is if they can live up to expectations.

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Kansas State Wildcats

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Kansas State may have lost Frank Martin, but it will be replacing him with Bruce Weber, who preciously coached for Illinois.

Luckily for Weber, he will be taking over a team that is great on defense, which is kind of his thing. The Wildcats will mostly have its entire team back from last season, which is also a huge plus.

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