The Florida Gators are on the verge of another national championship under head coach Billy Donovan. They return two of the premier players in the country in Patric Young and Kenny Boynton – who could easily earn two positions in the All-SEC team and possibly the All-American teams. The Gators are going to miss Bradley Beal, but not enough for them to worry.
Florida is ranked 10th in the country at the beginning of this season and expect the Gators to fight hard after returning to. With the strength of nonconference schedule there is a potential to begin SEC play ranked in the top three. Florida plays Kansas State, #25 Florida State, #12 Arizona, UCF, Marquette, Georgetown, #23 Wisconsin, and MTSU; all teams that are definitely capable of making it to the NCAA tournament and performing well. Florida has the potential to win all these games, and with a little luck (like losses from #1 Indiana and #3 Kentucky) could be ranked very highly before SEC play even begins. Then once, SEC play begins, the Gators still face teams like #3 Kentucky, Tennessee, and #15 Missouri. Florida has the strength of schedule to be a top-seed in the tournament.
Kentucky watch out. Florida is tired of being second in the SEC to a team that they feel they should be better than. Florida has more experience and strength than Kentucky almost every year, but still falls to the youth and talent that the Wildcats possess. This Kentucky team does not look like it can defeat a very talented Florida team twice. Expect the Wildcats and Gators to split the series. And do not forget, the last game of the season is Florida at Rupp and it could decide the number one seed for the SEC tournament.
Predicted Regular Season: 22 – 6