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Can the Gators Crack the Top 3 With a Victory?

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The Florida Gators have played exceptionally well over the course of the 2012-13 college basketball season. Florida is currently ranked No. 5 in both of the major polls, but is there a chance that the Gators can crack the top three with a victory over the No. 8 Arizona Wildcats this weekend?

Well, why not? Florida has been just as dominant as anyone in the country and this includes the Indiana Hoosiers and Duke Blue Devils. Sure, no team has three better wins this season than the Blue Devils, but the Gators have been blowing out very good basketball teams.

The Wisconsin Badgers came into Gainesville earlier in the year ranked. That meant nothing to Florida, winning the game by the score of 74-56. This very talented team also beat a very good Marquette Golden Eagles team by 33 points. And then the Gators beat rival Florida State on the road by 25 points.

No other team has looked this good on both sides of the court this season.

Coming into the year, all eyes were on Patric Young and Kenny Boynton. Well, both of those players are doing great, with Boynton leading the team in scoring and Young averaging more than 10 points per game. However, not much people talked about how talented the other pieces to this team were going to be.

Everyone knew that Erik Murphy was going to be a great asset to the team, which he has been, scoring 11.9 points per game. However, senior Mike Rosario is playing just as good as anyone on Florida, Scottie Wilbekin is playing like the point guard we all thought he could be, Casey Prather is playing good on both sides of the ball, Will Yeguete is one of the best defenders in the SEC and Michael Frazier II is having a great freshman season.

Arizona is going to be the best team that Florida has played by far this season, but with a big win, the Gators would be 8-0 on the year. This Gators team is going to surprise a lot of people this year, but if it wins against the Wildcats, no one should be surprised when Billy Donovan’s team is the No. 3 team in the country.


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