The Florida Gators will have one more tune-up game against Yale, before tipping off SEC play for the 2012-13 college basketball season. With that said, the Gators should be the favorites to win the conference title, but let’s take a look at Florida’s first couple of games to start conference play.
Florida will open up SEC play against the Georgia Bulldogs at home on Jan. 9. The Gators should have no problem in that game, considering that the Bulldogs are one of the worst teams in the conference, with a 6-7 record on the season.
Then the Gators will take on the LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies in consecutive games on the road before facing a very tough test. Both LSU and Texas A&M have good records on the year, but they have not had the toughest schedules in the world, so we will not really know how good either team is until they start conference play.
After those two games, Florida will play the Missouri Tigers at home in a game that will decide a lot. Both teams are capable of competing for an SEC title, but the Gators will have the advantage playing at home.
After those four games, we will really know a lot about Florida and how good it will be this season. The Gators are currently ranked No. 13 in the country, with a 9-2 record. Billy Donovan’s team started the season off with seven straight victories before losing to Arizona on the road by one point.
So far, it has been evident that the Gators have just as good of a defense as their offense. Kenny Boynton is leading the team in scoring, with 12.5 points per game, but three other Gators are averaging in double figures. However, Florida’s bench play needs to start playing like it did in its first seven games of the season. The Gators depth is what is really going to take them far this year.
This is a Florida team that blew out the Wisconsin Badgers, Florida State Seminoles and Marquette Golden Eagles. The Gators may have looked sloppy in their last couple of games, but Florida is not only talented enough to challenge for an SEC title, but a national championship as well.